About the Project
Over the last two decades, developments in the Middle East have helped transform the Kurds’ struggle for greater recognition and even self-determination from a country-specific issue to a regional and international one. I am examining the future progress of the Kurdish Question and its consequences. The new Kurdish assertiveness is evident not only in Iraq but also in Syria, where the YPJ, a Kurdish militia, has partnered with the U.S. military to fight the Islamic State (ISIS), Turkey, where political and civil society activism has assumed significant intensity despite government repression and Iran where signs of increased unrest abound. The project will help understand and familiarize scholars and policymakers with the developments that have the possibility of having transformative changes in the region over the course of the next ten to fifteen years. The project includes a series of roundtable meetings, op-eds, and briefings with policymakers.