Wilson Center – The Trump Administration & the Future of the Kurds

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Monday, February 27, 2017

6th floor Flom Auditorium

Wilson Center
Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center
One Woodrow Wilson Plaza
1300 Pennsylvania, Ave., NW – Washington, D.C. 20004
The Kurdish issue in the Middle East is at an important juncture. The Iraqi Kurds, faced with an unsettled Iraq, are itching to declare their independence. The Syrian Kurds have managed to affiliate themselves with the United States against ISIS but face a hostile reaction from Turkey, their northern neighbor, intent on rolling back their successes. The Turkish Kurds have to contend with the effects of government attempts at suppressing their legal political representatives and the war between the Turkish state and the PKK, which are challenging the country’s stability. Our panel will discuss these and other issues pertaining to the future Kurdish political landscape.

Gareth Stansfield
Al-Qasimi Chair of Arab Gulf Studies and Professor of Middle East Politics, Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter; and Global Fellow, Middle East Program, Wilson Center

Aaron Stein
Resident Senior Fellow, Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East, Atlantic Council

Amberin Zaman
Columnist, Al-Monitor, and Public Policy Fellow, Middle East Program, Wilson Center

Henri J. Barkey
Director, Middle East Program, Wilson Center