My Name is Kurdistan

March 27, 2014

A unique perspective on the Kurds, experienced through a trip to Kurdistan. The prospect of Kurdistan as a homeland for the Kurds began with the colonial division of western Asia, which followed World War I. With the breakup of the Middle East that created new borders in the Levant, the Treaty of...

Press Freedom at a Crossroads in Iraqi Kurdistan

February 08, 2014

Despite appraisal for Iraqi Kurdistan’s thriving democracy, journalists are under threat. It appears there are two ways to depict life in Iraqi Kurdistan. Western journalists covering the area commonly invoke the region's new luxury hotels and airports as symbols of its progress and prosperity....

Wars and Bars: Women in Iraq

January 15, 2014

Failure to enforce law correctly hinders the protection of women in Iraq. Iraq has always been a country of both national and international upheavals. The frequent political changes have made Iraqis doubtful of their status, especially women. Time and again they were left homeless and in panic....

The Kurdish Cause: Pragmatism and New Opportunities

January 12, 2014

Inner-Kurdish relations are complex and have the potential to damage the overall Kurdish cause.  The civil war in Syria has opened new windows of opportunity for the Kurdish cause. After decades of nationalist struggle in Turkey, Syria, Iraq and Iran, the Syrian conflict may redistribute the...