Writings by Topic: Kurds

Middle East Forum Blog
Title Publication Date
Interview with YPG Spokesman Nouri Mahmoud Aymennjawad.orgJanuary 24, 2018
A Complete History of Jamaat Ansar al-Islam – Translation Aymennjawad.orgDecember 15, 2015
Middle East Forum Radio
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Shukriya Bradost on the Kurdish Question Middle East Forum RadioJuly 15, 2020
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Ofra Bengio on Kurdistan's "Moment" in the Middle East Middle East Forum WebinarMarch 6, 2021
Diliman Abdulkader on U.S. Policy toward the Kurds Middle East Forum WebinarOctober 5, 2020
Articles by MEF Staff and Fellows
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Turkish Imperialism: Whither the Syrian Kurds? Middle East QuarterlyFall 2021
Turkish Imperialism: When Will Turkey Annex Northern Syria? Middle East QuarterlyFall 2021
Does Killing of Iranian Dissident Foreshadow What Is to Come for Others? The Jerusalem PostAugust 12, 2021
Activists Demand Recognition for Kurdish, North and East Syria The Jerusalem PostJuly 19, 2021
Erdoğan vs. the Kurds: Where Will It End? The Gatestone InstituteMarch 11, 2021
Turkey's Gara Affair: How Not to Rescue Hostages BESA Center PerspectivesMarch 10, 2021
NYT Accused of Whitewashing Turkey's Afrin Occupation The Jerusalem PostFebruary 17, 2021
Iran Threatens US Kurdish Allies in Iraq The HillOctober 23, 2020
I'm Banned from the US for 'Association with a Terrorist Organization' The Times of IsraelSeptember 20, 2020
The Kurdistan Region in Iraq Tries to Balance Turkey, Iran and the United States The National InterestSeptember 8, 2020
Syrian Kurds Try Hard for Unity amid Threats and Pressure The Jerusalem PostJune 18, 2020
Turkey's Occupation of Syria Slammed for Ethnic Cleansing The Jerusalem PostJune 13, 2020
Are the Kurds the Next Kingmakers in Turkey? BESA Center PerspectivesMay 11, 2020
Turkey Reveals New Plan to Buy Drones, Helicopters and Air Defense Systems Defense NewsFebruary 18, 2020
Too Little, too Late in Syria, Where Turkey Undermined the Rebellion The HillFebruary 13, 2020
Explaining Washington's New Pro-Ankara Policy The Jerusalem PostFebruary 12, 2020
Putin Has Painted Russia Into a Syrian Corner Bloomberg OpinionFebruary 11, 2020
Do Syria-Turkey Clashes Presage a Wider Confrontation in the Middle East? The Jerusalem PostFebruary 7, 2020
The Precarious Lull in Northeast Syria The AustralianJanuary 4, 2020
The Fighting Continues in Northern Syria The Wall Street JournalNovember 25, 2019
Kristallnacht, ISIS and Today's Crisis in Syria The Jerusalem PostNovember 10, 2019
Despite Setback, Kurds Appear Ready for Spotlight The Jerusalem PostOctober 26, 2019
Trump's Balfour Moment The HillOctober 25, 2019
Turkey-Backed Jihadists in Syria Kidnap, Murder, and Desecrate The Jerusalem PostOctober 24, 2019
Turkey's New 'Bashibazouks': The Free Syrian Army The Gatestone InstituteOctober 22, 2019
Obama-Era Politics Casts Shadow over U.S. Syria Discussions The Jerusalem PostOctober 21, 2019
Rojava Sundown: A Retrospective The Jerusalem PostOctober 18, 2019
Trump Betrays Kurds, Canada's Liberals and NDP Stay Silent The Toronto SunOctober 16, 2019
After Syria Debacle, Congress Must Act for Kurdish Region of Iraq The Jerusalem PostOctober 14, 2019
Turkish Backed Jihadists Murder Prisoners and Female Politician in Syria The Jerusalem PostOctober 13, 2019
State Department Distrust of Syrian Kurds Paved the Way for Betrayal The Jerusalem PostOctober 11, 2019
Donald Trump's Shameful Syrian Betrayal The SpectatorOctober 10, 2019
After Fighting ISIS for Five Years, SDF Bombed with US Permission The Jerusalem PostOctober 9, 2019
Trump Gives Turkey Green Light to Invade Syria The Jerusalem PostOctober 7, 2019
UN Excludes One Third of Syria, Mostly Kurds, from Constitution Committee The Jerusalem PostSeptember 30, 2019
How ISIS Operates in Iraq Today The Jerusalem PostSeptember 27, 2019
The US Cannot Neglect Iraqi Kurdistan The HillSeptember 27, 2019
In Iraqi Kurdistan, New Leadership Faces Old Challenges The National InterestSeptember 23, 2019
Is the U.S. Handing Northeast Syria to Turkey? The Jerusalem PostSeptember 21, 2019
Turkey Threatens to Flood Europe with Refugees (Again) The Jerusalem PostSeptember 5, 2019
Turkey Wants Arab and Kurdish Rebels in Syria to Fight Each Other The Jerusalem PostAugust 12, 2019
Iran Says It Used New IRGC Drone Unit to Attack Kurdish Dissidents The Jerusalem PostJuly 13, 2019
New Iraqi Kurdish Prime Minister Declares 'New Era' The Jerusalem PostJuly 10, 2019
Kurdistan Region Worried as U.S. and Iran Tensions Grow The Jerusalem PostMay 16, 2019
Kurds in Northern Iraq Want U.S. to Stay in Region The Jerusalem PostFebruary 14, 2019
Kurdistan Region of Iraq Caught Between Turkey-PKK Conflict The Jerusalem PostJanuary 28, 2019
Turkey and U.S. Can't Agree on What 'Safe Zone' in Syria Means The Jerusalem PostJanuary 22, 2019
How Afrin Overshadows Eastern Syria The Jerusalem PostJanuary 3, 2019
Why Eastern Syria Matters to Everyone in the Middle East The Jerusalem PostDecember 31, 2018
Trump's Rubicon moment in Iraq: Praising America's 'warriors,' ending wars The Jerusalem PostDecember 27, 2018
A Year of Tyranny and Murder The Jerusalem PostDecember 27, 2018
Analysis: Airstrike in Damascus an Embarrassment for Syrian Regime at Crucial Time The Jerusalem PostDecember 26, 2018
Israel and the Yazidis The Jerusalem PostNovember 26, 2018
Turkey Shells Kobani and Tel Abyad in Eastern Syria. What Are Its Next Moves? Middle East Center for Analysis and ReportingNovember 2, 2018
ISIS Counterattacks in Syria Threaten Iraq and US Partners Jerusalem PostOctober 30, 2018
Turkey's Syrian Quagmire BESA Center Perspectives PaperOctober 10, 2018
Iraq Has A New Government. Now What? Jerusalem PostOctober 4, 2018
Kurdistan Region in Iraq Goes to Polls a Year after Independence Vote Jerusalem PostOctober 2, 2018
Mr. Kurd: Trump's Kurdish Comments Greeted with Pride Jerusalem PostSeptember 28, 2018
A Year after Referendum, Kurds in Iraq Face Iran and Us Powerbrokers Jerusalem PostSeptember 21, 2018
Interview in Syria: Idlib after the Agreement Middle East Center for Analysis and ReportingSeptember 20, 2018
Russia-Turkey Agreement to Prevent Syrian Invasion of Idlib, for Now Jerusalem PostSeptember 20, 2018
Iran's Attack on Kurds Is a Message to Washington, Riyadh and Jerusalem Jerusalem PostSeptember 9, 2018
Syrian War: Uneasy Calm in US-protected Kurdish Enclave The AustralianSeptember 8, 2018
Iranian Artillery Targets Kurdish Groups in Iraq Jerusalem PostSeptember 8, 2018
Is Washington Scrambling To Prevent Iran-Backed Parties From Forming Iraq's New Government? TzarizmSeptember 1, 2018
Three Kurdish Groups in Iran Are Now Fighting the IRGC Jerusalem PostAugust 12, 2018
Turkey's Syrian Battleground BESA CenterMarch 21, 2018
A Turning Point in the Kurdish-Western Alliance? JPostMarch 1, 2018
A Future for Kurdish Independence? Middle East QuarterlySpring 2018
No, the Syrian Kurds Are Not Terrorists World Affairs JournalJanuary 31, 2018
Targeting Kurds in Syria: Making Turkey Feel Imperial Again The Gatestone InstituteJanuary 25, 2018
Iraqi Kurdistan's Post-Referendum Isolation Boosts Iran The Jerusalem PostJanuary 20, 2018
Time to Kick Turkey out of NATO? World Affairs JournalJanuary 18, 2018
Erdoğan's Kurdish Gambit BESA Center PerspectivesNovember 15, 2017
The Disastrous Results of the Iraqi Kurds' Referendum The Jerusalem PostOctober 27, 2017
Iraqi Kurdistan's Crisis: A Failure of Strategy The American SpectatorOctober 22, 2017
The Fall of Kirkuk: Made in Iran The American InterestOctober 18, 2017
Turkey Plans Move to Box in Kurds in Northern Syria The Jerusalem PostOctober 14, 2017
Terror Financing: It's Time to Take Care of Unfinished Business National Review OnlineOctober 6, 2017
The Islamic State and the Kurds: The Documentary Evidence CTC SentinelSeptember 21, 2017
Turkey's Mass Persecution of Christians and Kurds in Diyarbakır The Gatestone InstituteSeptember 4, 2017
The Kurds Are About to Blow up Iraq World Affairs JournalAugust 17, 2017
Many Muslims Need to Do Some Soul-Searching The Toronto SunJune 13, 2017
Turkey Arrests Kurdish Activist for Armenian Genocide Posts The Armenian WeeklyMay 30, 2017
Vilifying Syria's Kurds II: A Second Response to Roy Gutman Syria CommentFebruary 13, 2017
Vilifying Syria's Kurds: A Response to Roy Gutman Syria CommentFebruary 11, 2017
It's Time for Realism in Syria, President-elect Donald Trump The HillDecember 23, 2016
Turkey's Misdiagnosed Kurdish Problem The Gatestone InstituteDecember 20, 2016
Iranian Kurds Join the Fight The American InterestDecember 15, 2016
Disunity as Kurds, Turks, Shia, and Sunnis Fight over Mosul The AustralianOctober 8, 2016
What Follows the Defeat of ISIS in Mosul? The Jerusalem ReportSeptember 27, 2016
Humor, Counter-terrorism, and ISIS The Sun-SentinelMay 20, 2016
In Syria, Locals Take the Fight Back to Islamic State The AustralianJanuary 23, 2016
Eclipse of the Caliphate The Jerusalem ReportJanuary 21, 2016
The Kurds Can Defeat ISIS if We Provide Incentives The Jerusalem PostNovember 22, 2015
Islamist Turkey Does Not Belong in NATO The Toronto SunNovember 3, 2015
Blood and Ballots in Turkey The Huffington PostOctober 26, 2015
Turkey Still Dances with ISIS The Gatestone InstituteOctober 15, 2015
Industry Unnerved by Spiral of Violence in Turkey Defense NewsSeptember 12, 2015
Blame Iran and Turkey for the Mediterranean Refugee Crisis The Weekly StandardSeptember 12, 2015
Middle East Provocations and Predictions The Mackenzie InstituteSeptember 9, 2015
America's 'Faustian Bargain' with Turkey The Gatestone InstituteSeptember 8, 2015
Turkey: Payback Time? The Gatestone InstituteAugust 30, 2015
Turkey's Multiple Wars The Gatestone InstituteAugust 16, 2015
Turkey and Its Kurds: At War Again The Gatestone InstituteAugust 6, 2015
Turkey's Syrian Kurdish Problem The Jerusalem PostJuly 4, 2015
Turkey's Wrong Bet on Syria The Gatestone InstituteJuly 1, 2015
Turkey: Hope and Fear The Huffington PostJune 23, 2015
Eradicating Female Genital Mutilation in Iraqi Kurdistan The Weekly StandardJune 17, 2015
Never Again? The ISIS Genocide of Yazidis The Huffington PostJune 10, 2015
Iran's Kurdish Rebellion The Huffington PostMay 22, 2015
Erdoğan's Graying, More Kurdish Turkey Hürriyet Daily NewsMay 15, 2015
A Tremor in Iranian Kurdistan The Jerusalem PostMay 14, 2015
The Kobani Precedent The Jerusalem ReportMarch 25, 2015
Heartbreaking Times for Syrian Kurdish Refugees The Jerusalem PostMarch 7, 2015
Islamic State Defeat in Kobani Will Be Hard to Replicate The Jerusalem PostJanuary 29, 2015
Female Genital Mutilation a Growing Problem in Iran The Weekly StandardJanuary 20, 2015
When Turks Die, Intention is in the Eye of the Beholder The Gatestone InstituteJanuary 12, 2015
Did ISIS Use Chemical Weapons Against the Kurds in Kobani? Middle East Review of International AffairsOctober 12, 2014
Kurds Abandoned by Liberals, NDP The Toronto SunOctober 8, 2014
Western Fear of Angering Turkey Leaves Besieged Kurdish Town at Mercy of Islamic State The Jerusalem PostOctober 7, 2014
The Defense of Kobani The Jerusalem PostSeptember 27, 2014
The Guns of August The Jerusalem ReportSeptember 17, 2014
The Case for a Unified Kurdistan National Review OnlineSeptember 16, 2014
At the Kurdistan Front The Weekly StandardSeptember 12, 2014
Hello, Kurdistan The Washington TimesSeptember 10, 2014
Kurdish Advances The Jerusalem PostJune 21, 2014
Surprising Ties between Israel and the Kurds Middle East QuarterlySummer 2014
Wars Within Wars The Weekly StandardMay 26, 2014
Kurdistan Emerges The Jerusalem PostMarch 8, 2014
Kurds defending autonomous 'Rojava' enclave in Syria The Jerusalem PostNovember 8, 2013
Turkey's Fix for the "Kurdish Problem" Middle East QuarterlyFall 2013
Kurdish Rivalries in Syria The American SpectatorNovember 8, 2012
Syria's Kurds stand alone after rejecting rebels and regime The National (Abu Dhabi)July 23, 2012
Iraqi Kurdistan Without Blinders The American SpectatorMarch 22, 2012
Iraqi petroleum and the damage done The Daily Star (Beirut)November 21, 2011
Syria, Turkey and the Kurds Israel National NewsNovember 18, 2011
Preserving Iraq's Assyrians: Federalism Assyrian International News AgencyOctober 24, 2011
Kurdish-Christian rivalries The Kurdistan TribuneSeptember 25, 2011
Spring comes, but not for Iraq's Kurds The Daily Star (Beirut)August 12, 2011
Kurdish leaders are drunk with power Daily Star (Beirut)July 1, 2009
Kurdistan's Troubled Democracy Washington PostApril 18, 2009
Is Iraqi Kurdistan a Good Ally? AEI Middle Eastern OutlookJanuary 2008
Turkey's Terror Problem Is Ours Wall Street JournalDecember 18, 2007
[Mosul and] Iraq's Next War Jerusalem PostOctober 31, 2007
Iraqi Kurdistan's Downward Spiral Middle East QuarterlySummer 2007
Enabling Kurdish Illusions Weekly StandardMarch 19, 2007
The Barzani Chameleon Middle East QuarterlySpring 2007
Who Owns Kirkuk? The Kurdish Case Middle East QuarterlyWinter 2007
Who Owns Kirkuk? The Turkoman Case Middle East QuarterlyWinter 2007
Can the PKK Renounce Violence? Middle East QuarterlyWinter 2007
Dissident Watch: Kamal Sayid Qadir Middle East QuarterlySpring 2006
The Same War New York SunNovember 2, 2005
"The Arafat Model" National ReviewSeptember 12, 2005
The PKK Factor National Review OnlineAugust 5, 2004
Ansar al-Islam: Back in Iraq Middle East QuarterlyWinter 2004
Iraqi Kurds: Hour of Power? Middle East QuarterlySummer 2003
Jalal Talabani: "No Grounds for a Relationship with Baghdad" Middle East QuarterlyWinter 2002
Why Syria and Turkey Gird for War Wall Street Journal EuropeOctober 9, 1998
Abdullah Öcalan: "We Are Fighting Turks Everywhere" Middle East QuarterlyJune 1998
Turkey and Iran Face off in Kurdistan Middle East QuarterlyMarch 1998
Beyond the Golan: Prospects for Syrian-Turkish Confrontation Turkish TimesFebruary 15, 1996
Hot Spot: Turkey, Iraq, and Mosul Middle East QuarterlySeptember 1995
The Last Years of Mustafa Barzani Middle East QuarterlyJune 1994
MEF in the Media
Title Publication Date
Turkey's Syria Offensive Could Displace over a Million Kurds, Top Analyst Warns The Times of IsraelOctober 11, 2019
Kurdish Issue and Politics in Contemporary International Relations Rojhelat.infoFebruary 18, 2014
Audio, Video and Transcripts
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The Fall of Aleppo MEF WireFebruary 7, 2017
An Emerging Kurdistan MEF WireAugust 3, 2015
Sanctions Have Helped Northern Iraq MEF WireJuly 10, 2001
Saddam vs. the Kurds MEF WireOctober 15, 1994
Book Title Publication Date
The Kurdish Spring: A New Map of the Middle East
by David L. Phillips
Middle East QuarterlyFall 2015
Kurdish Awakening: Nation Building in a Fragmented Homeland Middle East QuarterlySummer 2015
Two Years in Kurdistan
by Rupert Hay
Middle East QuarterlyWinter 2011
Kurdish Identity: Human Rights and Political Status Middle East QuarterlySummer 2008
Blood and Belief: The PKK and the Kurdish Fight for Independence
by Aliza Marcus
Middle East QuarterlySummer 2008
A Poisonous Affair: America, Iraq, and the Gassing of Halabja
by Joost R. Hiltermann
Middle East QuarterlySpring 2008
The Kurds: A People in Search of Their Homeland
by Kevin McKiernan
Middle East QuarterlySummer 2007
The Kurdish Nationalist Movement
by David Romano
Middle East QuarterlySummer 2007
Turkey's Policy towards Northern Iraq: Problems and Perspectives
by Bill Park
Middle East QuarterlyWinter 2007
The Kurds and the State
by Denise Natali
Middle East QuarterlyWinter 2007
The Future of Kurdistan in Iraq Middle East QuarterlySpring 2006
The Kurds in Iraq
by Kerim Yildiz
Middle East QuarterlyWinter 2006
Hell Is Over, Voices of the Kurds after Saddam
by Mike Tucker
Middle East QuarterlySummer 2005
Fire, Snow & Honey: Voices from Kurdistan Middle East QuarterlySpring 2004
Iraqi Kurdistan: Political Development and Emergent Democracy
by Gareth R. Stansfield
Middle East QuarterlyWinter 2004
Primitive Rebels or Revolutionary Modernizers?: The Kurdish National Movement in Turkey
by Paul White
Middle East QuarterlySpring 2002
Turkey's Kurdish Question
by Henry J. Barkey and Graham E. Fuller
Middle East QuarterlyMarch 1999
After Such Knowledge, What Forgiveness?: My Encounters With Kurdistan
by Jonathan C. Randal
Middle East QuarterlyMarch 1998
The Kurdish Question and Turkey: An Example of a Trans-state Ethnic Conflict
by Kemal Kirisci and Gareth M. Winrow
Middle East QuarterlyDecember 1997
A Modern History of the Kurds
by David McDowall
Middle East QuarterlySeptember 1996
Kurdistan during the First World War
by Kamal Madhar Ahmad
Middle East QuarterlyMarch 1995