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...

Iraq: Sectarianism, Oil and the War in Syria (Part 2/2)

March 24, 2014

Maliki treats the breakdown of order in Iraq as a challenge to his rule. Iraq, a founding member of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), has large oil reserves which are unevenly spread across the country. As of January 2013, it also held...

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....

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...