Writings by Topic: Kurds

Middle East Forum Blog
Title Publication Date
Interview with YPG Spokesman Nouri Mahmoud Aymennjawad.org January 24, 2018
A Complete History of Jamaat Ansar al-Islam – Translation Aymennjawad.org December 15, 2015
Articles by MEF Staff and Fellows
Title Publication Date
After Syria Debacle, Congress Must Act for Kurdish Region of Iraq The Jerusalem Post October 14, 2019
Turkish Backed Jihadists Murder Prisoners and Female Politician in Syria The Jerusalem Post October 13, 2019
State Department Distrust of Syrian Kurds Paved the Way for Betrayal The Jerusalem Post October 11, 2019
Donald Trump's Shameful Syrian Betrayal The Spectator October 10, 2019
After Fighting ISIS for Five Years, SDF Bombed with US Permission The Jerusalem Post October 9, 2019
Trump Gives Turkey Green Light to Invade Syria The Jerusalem Post October 7, 2019
UN Excludes One Third of Syria, Mostly Kurds, from Constitution Committee The Jerusalem Post September 30, 2019
How ISIS Operates in Iraq Today The Jerusalem Post September 27, 2019
The US Cannot Neglect Iraqi Kurdistan The Hill September 27, 2019
In Iraqi Kurdistan, New Leadership Faces Old Challenges The National Interest September 23, 2019
Is the U.S. Handing Northeast Syria to Turkey? The Jerusalem Post September 21, 2019
Turkey Threatens to Flood Europe with Refugees (Again) The Jerusalem Post September 5, 2019
Turkey Wants Arab and Kurdish Rebels in Syria to Fight Each Other The Jerusalem Post August 12, 2019
Iran Says It Used New IRGC Drone Unit to Attack Kurdish Dissidents The Jerusalem Post July 13, 2019
New Iraqi Kurdish Prime Minister Declares 'New Era' The Jerusalem Post July 10, 2019
Kurdistan Region Worried as U.S. and Iran Tensions Grow The Jerusalem Post May 16, 2019
Kurds in Northern Iraq Want U.S. to Stay in Region The Jerusalem Post February 14, 2019
Kurdistan Region of Iraq Caught Between Turkey-PKK Conflict The Jerusalem Post January 28, 2019
Turkey and U.S. Can't Agree on What 'Safe Zone' in Syria Means The Jerusalem Post January 22, 2019
How Afrin Overshadows Eastern Syria The Jerusalem Post January 3, 2019
Why Eastern Syria Matters to Everyone in the Middle East The Jerusalem Post December 31, 2018
Trump's Rubicon moment in Iraq: Praising America's 'warriors,' ending wars The Jerusalem Post December 27, 2018
A Year of Tyranny and Murder The Jerusalem Post December 27, 2018
Analysis: Airstrike in Damascus an Embarrassment for Syrian Regime at Crucial Time The Jerusalem Post December 26, 2018
Israel and the Yazidis The Jerusalem Post November 26, 2018
Turkey Shells Kobani and Tel Abyad in Eastern Syria. What Are Its Next Moves? Middle East Center for Analysis and Reporting November 2, 2018
ISIS Counterattacks in Syria Threaten Iraq and US Partners Jerusalem Post October 30, 2018
Turkey's Syrian Quagmire BESA Center Perspectives Paper October 10, 2018
Iraq Has A New Government. Now What? Jerusalem Post October 4, 2018
Kurdistan Region in Iraq Goes to Polls a Year after Independence Vote Jerusalem Post October 2, 2018
Mr. Kurd: Trump's Kurdish Comments Greeted with Pride Jerusalem Post September 28, 2018
A Year after Referendum, Kurds in Iraq Face Iran and Us Powerbrokers Jerusalem Post September 21, 2018
Interview in Syria: Idlib after the Agreement Middle East Center for Analysis and Reporting September 20, 2018
Russia-Turkey Agreement to Prevent Syrian Invasion of Idlib, for Now Jerusalem Post September 20, 2018
Iran's Attack on Kurds Is a Message to Washington, Riyadh and Jerusalem Jerusalem Post September 9, 2018
Syrian War: Uneasy Calm in US-protected Kurdish Enclave The Australian September 8, 2018
Iranian Artillery Targets Kurdish Groups in Iraq Jerusalem Post September 8, 2018
Is Washington Scrambling To Prevent Iran-Backed Parties From Forming Iraq's New Government? Tzarizm September 1, 2018
Three Kurdish Groups in Iran Are Now Fighting the IRGC Jerusalem Post August 12, 2018
Turkey's Syrian Battleground BESA Center March 21, 2018
A Turning Point in the Kurdish-Western Alliance? JPost March 1, 2018
A Future for Kurdish Independence? Middle East Quarterly Spring 2018
No, the Syrian Kurds Are Not Terrorists World Affairs Journal January 31, 2018
Targeting Kurds in Syria: Making Turkey Feel Imperial Again The Gatestone Institute January 25, 2018
Iraqi Kurdistan's Post-Referendum Isolation Boosts Iran The Jerusalem Post January 20, 2018
Time to Kick Turkey out of NATO? World Affairs Journal January 18, 2018
Erdoğan's Kurdish Gambit BESA Center Perspectives November 15, 2017
The Disastrous Results of the Iraqi Kurds' Referendum The Jerusalem Post October 27, 2017
Iraqi Kurdistan's Crisis: A Failure of Strategy The American Spectator October 22, 2017
The Fall of Kirkuk: Made in Iran The American Interest October 18, 2017
Turkey Plans Move to Box in Kurds in Northern Syria The Jerusalem Post October 14, 2017
Terror Financing: It's Time to Take Care of Unfinished Business National Review Online October 6, 2017
The Islamic State and the Kurds: The Documentary Evidence CTC Sentinel September 21, 2017
Turkey's Mass Persecution of Christians and Kurds in Diyarbakır The Gatestone Institute September 4, 2017
The Kurds Are About to Blow up Iraq World Affairs Journal August 17, 2017
Many Muslims Need to Do Some Soul-Searching The Toronto Sun June 13, 2017
Turkey Arrests Kurdish Activist for Armenian Genocide Posts The Armenian Weekly May 30, 2017
Vilifying Syria's Kurds II: A Second Response to Roy Gutman Syria Comment February 13, 2017
Vilifying Syria's Kurds: A Response to Roy Gutman Syria Comment February 11, 2017
It's Time for Realism in Syria, President-elect Donald Trump The Hill December 23, 2016
Turkey's Misdiagnosed Kurdish Problem The Gatestone Institute December 20, 2016
Iranian Kurds Join the Fight The American Interest December 15, 2016
Disunity as Kurds, Turks, Shia, and Sunnis Fight over Mosul The Australian October 8, 2016
What Follows the Defeat of ISIS in Mosul? The Jerusalem Report September 27, 2016
Humor, Counter-terrorism, and ISIS The Sun-Sentinel May 20, 2016
In Syria, Locals Take the Fight Back to Islamic State The Australian January 23, 2016
Eclipse of the Caliphate The Jerusalem Report January 21, 2016
The Kurds Can Defeat ISIS if We Provide Incentives The Jerusalem Post November 22, 2015
Islamist Turkey Does Not Belong in NATO The Toronto Sun November 3, 2015
Blood and Ballots in Turkey The Huffington Post October 26, 2015
Turkey Still Dances with ISIS The Gatestone Institute October 15, 2015
Industry Unnerved by Spiral of Violence in Turkey Defense News September 12, 2015
Blame Iran and Turkey for the Mediterranean Refugee Crisis The Weekly Standard September 12, 2015
Middle East Provocations and Predictions The Mackenzie Institute September 9, 2015
America's 'Faustian Bargain' with Turkey The Gatestone Institute September 8, 2015
Turkey: Payback Time? The Gatestone Institute August 30, 2015
Turkey's Multiple Wars The Gatestone Institute August 16, 2015
Turkey and Its Kurds: At War Again The Gatestone Institute August 6, 2015
Turkey's Syrian Kurdish Problem The Jerusalem Post July 4, 2015
Turkey's Wrong Bet on Syria The Gatestone Institute July 1, 2015
Turkey: Hope and Fear The Huffington Post June 23, 2015
Eradicating Female Genital Mutilation in Iraqi Kurdistan The Weekly Standard June 17, 2015
Never Again? The ISIS Genocide of Yazidis The Huffington Post June 10, 2015
Iran's Kurdish Rebellion The Huffington Post May 22, 2015
Erdoğan's Graying, More Kurdish Turkey Hürriyet Daily News May 15, 2015
A Tremor in Iranian Kurdistan The Jerusalem Post May 14, 2015
The Kobani Precedent The Jerusalem Report March 25, 2015
Heartbreaking Times for Syrian Kurdish Refugees The Jerusalem Post March 7, 2015
Islamic State Defeat in Kobani Will Be Hard to Replicate The Jerusalem Post January 29, 2015
Female Genital Mutilation a Growing Problem in Iran The Weekly Standard January 20, 2015
When Turks Die, Intention is in the Eye of the Beholder The Gatestone Institute January 12, 2015
Did ISIS Use Chemical Weapons Against the Kurds in Kobani? Middle East Review of International Affairs October 12, 2014
Kurds Abandoned by Liberals, NDP The Toronto Sun October 8, 2014
Western Fear of Angering Turkey Leaves Besieged Kurdish Town at Mercy of Islamic State The Jerusalem Post October 7, 2014
The Defense of Kobani The Jerusalem Post September 27, 2014
The Guns of August The Jerusalem Report September 17, 2014
The Case for a Unified Kurdistan National Review Online September 16, 2014
At the Kurdistan Front The Weekly Standard September 12, 2014
Hello, Kurdistan The Washington Times September 10, 2014
Kurdish Advances The Jerusalem Post June 21, 2014
Surprising Ties between Israel and the Kurds Middle East Quarterly Summer 2014
Wars Within Wars The Weekly Standard May 26, 2014
Kurdistan Emerges The Jerusalem Post March 8, 2014
Kurds defending autonomous 'Rojava' enclave in Syria The Jerusalem Post November 8, 2013
Turkey's Fix for the "Kurdish Problem" Middle East Quarterly Fall 2013
Kurdish Rivalries in Syria The American Spectator November 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 Spectator March 22, 2012
Iraqi petroleum and the damage done The Daily Star (Beirut) November 21, 2011
Syria, Turkey and the Kurds Israel National News November 18, 2011
Preserving Iraq's Assyrians: Federalism Assyrian International News Agency October 24, 2011
Kurdish-Christian rivalries The Kurdistan Tribune September 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 Post April 18, 2009
Is Iraqi Kurdistan a Good Ally? AEI Middle Eastern Outlook January 2008
Turkey's Terror Problem Is Ours Wall Street Journal December 18, 2007
[Mosul and] Iraq's Next War Jerusalem Post October 31, 2007
Iraqi Kurdistan's Downward Spiral Middle East Quarterly Summer 2007
Enabling Kurdish Illusions Weekly Standard March 19, 2007
The Barzani Chameleon Middle East Quarterly Spring 2007
Who Owns Kirkuk? The Kurdish Case Middle East Quarterly Winter 2007
Who Owns Kirkuk? The Turkoman Case Middle East Quarterly Winter 2007
Can the PKK Renounce Violence? Middle East Quarterly Winter 2007
Dissident Watch: Kamal Sayid Qadir Middle East Quarterly Spring 2006
The Same War New York Sun November 2, 2005
"The Arafat Model" National Review September 12, 2005
The PKK Factor National Review Online August 5, 2004
Ansar al-Islam: Back in Iraq Middle East Quarterly Winter 2004
Iraqi Kurds: Hour of Power? Middle East Quarterly Summer 2003
Jalal Talabani: "No Grounds for a Relationship with Baghdad" Middle East Quarterly Winter 2002
Why Syria and Turkey Gird for War Wall Street Journal Europe October 9, 1998
Abdullah Öcalan: "We Are Fighting Turks Everywhere" Middle East Quarterly June 1998
Turkey and Iran Face off in Kurdistan Middle East Quarterly March 1998
Beyond the Golan: Prospects for Syrian-Turkish Confrontation Turkish Times February 15, 1996
Hot Spot: Turkey, Iraq, and Mosul Middle East Quarterly September 1995
The Last Years of Mustafa Barzani Middle East Quarterly June 1994
MEF in the Media
Title Publication Date
Turkey's Syria Offensive Could Displace over a Million Kurds, Top Analyst Warns The Times of Israel October 11, 2019
Kurdish Issue and Politics in Contemporary International Relations Rojhelat.info February 18, 2014
Audio, Video and Transcripts
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The Fall of Aleppo MEF Wire February 7, 2017
An Emerging Kurdistan MEF Wire August 3, 2015
Sanctions Have Helped Northern Iraq MEF Wire July 10, 2001
Book Title Publication Date
The Kurdish Spring: A New Map of the Middle East
by David L. Phillips
Middle East Quarterly Fall 2015
Kurdish Awakening: Nation Building in a Fragmented Homeland Middle East Quarterly Summer 2015
Two Years in Kurdistan
by Rupert Hay
Middle East Quarterly Winter 2011
Kurdish Identity: Human Rights and Political Status Middle East Quarterly Summer 2008
Blood and Belief: The PKK and the Kurdish Fight for Independence
by Aliza Marcus
Middle East Quarterly Summer 2008
A Poisonous Affair: America, Iraq, and the Gassing of Halabja
by Joost R. Hiltermann
Middle East Quarterly Spring 2008
The Kurds: A People in Search of Their Homeland
by Kevin McKiernan
Middle East Quarterly Summer 2007
The Kurdish Nationalist Movement
by David Romano
Middle East Quarterly Summer 2007
Turkey's Policy towards Northern Iraq: Problems and Perspectives
by Bill Park
Middle East Quarterly Winter 2007
The Kurds and the State
by Denise Natali
Middle East Quarterly Winter 2007
The Future of Kurdistan in Iraq Middle East Quarterly Spring 2006
The Kurds in Iraq
by Kerim Yildiz
Middle East Quarterly Winter 2006
Hell Is Over, Voices of the Kurds after Saddam
by Mike Tucker
Middle East Quarterly Summer 2005
Fire, Snow & Honey: Voices from Kurdistan Middle East Quarterly Spring 2004
Iraqi Kurdistan: Political Development and Emergent Democracy
by Gareth R. Stansfield
Middle East Quarterly Winter 2004
Primitive Rebels or Revolutionary Modernizers?: The Kurdish National Movement in Turkey
by Paul White
Middle East Quarterly Spring 2002
Turkey's Kurdish Question
by Henry J. Barkey and Graham E. Fuller
Middle East Quarterly March 1999
After Such Knowledge, What Forgiveness?: My Encounters With Kurdistan
by Jonathan C. Randal
Middle East Quarterly March 1998
The Kurdish Question and Turkey: An Example of a Trans-state Ethnic Conflict
by Kemal Kirisci and Gareth M. Winrow
Middle East Quarterly December 1997
A Modern History of the Kurds
by David McDowall
Middle East Quarterly September 1996
Kurdistan during the First World War
by Kamal Madhar Ahmad
Middle East Quarterly March 1995