Turkey’s escalation against US backed Kurdish fighters puts the United States on a collision course with a NATO ally and offers a window into the contradictions of U.S. Middle East policy in a post ISIS Syria. For Syria’s Kurds, it means being caught in between President Erdogan’s plan to eliminate a “mortal enemy” and President Trump’s overarching goal in the region … to confront Iran.
Aaron David Miller
Deborah Amos covers the Middle East for NPR News. In 2009, Amos won the Edward Weintal Prize for Diplomatic Reporting from Georgetown University and in 2010 was awarded the Edward R. Murrow Life Time Achievement Award by Washington State University. A member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Amos is also the author of Eclipse of the Sunnis: Power, Exile, and Upheaval in the Middle East and Lines in the Sand: Desert Storm and the Remaking of the Arab World.
Michael Gunter is a scholar on Kurdish culture and history and a political science professor at Tennessee Tech University. He is the author of numerous books on the Kurds including Historical Dictionary of the Kurds, Out of Nowhere: The Kurds of Syria in Peace and War, and most recently the Routledge Handbook of the Kurds.
Aaron David Miller is Vice President for New Initiatives and Distinguished Scholar for Middle East Programs at the Wilson Center. He is former advisor to Republican and Democratic Secretaries of State on Arab-Israeli negotiations, 1978-2003 and author of The End of Greatness: Why America Can’t Have and Doesn’t Want Another Great President.
Amberin Zaman is a Turkish journalist and analyst specializing in Kurdish affairs. She is based in Washington, DC, where she writes a column for Al-Monitor news service, which covers the Middle East.
Michael Gunter has written a short, but thorough history of the Kurds that is well documented, but still proves very readable. His narrative also includes numerous interesting personal experiences that will further explain these people who are for the most part moderate Muslims in favour of gender equality and are also wildly pro-American.