Monthly Archives: July 2014

Crisis in Kobane

After the Islamic State’s rapid advances in Iraq, scant attention has been paid to their offensive in Kobane. Today, Aaron Stein speaks with Michael Stephens, Director of RUSI Qatar, about the on-going clashes between the PYD and the Islamic State … Continue reading

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Kurdistan’s Moment?

Do the Kurds benefit from the current chaos in Iraq? Is independence around the corner? What is Turkey’s Kurdistan policy? Today, I speak with Dov Friedman,  a graduate student at Yale University’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, who is currently … Continue reading

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The Hostage Crisis: Open Source and the Turkish Consulate in Mosul

On June 11, fighters from the Islamic State (IS) stormed the Turkish consulate in Mosul and took 49 consulate staff and their family members hostage. The crisis continues. However, due to a local black out on media coverage, few details about the … Continue reading

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After the Caliphate: The Current State of Affairs in Iraq and Syria

What is the current state of affairs in Iraq and Syria? How has Iran responded to the crisis in Iraq? Have things changed all that much after the declaration of the Caliphate? Are the countries of the region adopting a … Continue reading

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