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Reflecting on regional Kurdish politics in the post-ISIS period (II): Forces of rivalry amongst the Kurds

The current rivalry in Kurdish politics is taking place along two axes: on the regional setting between the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and the Kurdistan Worker Party (PKK), and within the context of the KRG between the KDP and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK).

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Robert Ford

Former U.S. Ambassador to Algeria from 2006 to 2008 and to Syria from 2010 to 2014 and currently senior fellow at the Middle East Institute in Washington.

Bendaoudi Abdelillah

Washington-based North Africa and Middle East expert with a particular focus on counterterrorism.

Freedom C. Onuoha and Samuel Oyewole

Freedom C. Onuoha: Senior lecturer in the Department of Political Science, University of Nigeria Nsukka Samuel Oyewole: Lecturer at the Department of Political Science, Federal University, Oye Ekiti, Ekiti State, Nigeria

Samuel Oyewole

Lecturer at the Department of Political Science, Federal University, Oye Ekiti, Ekiti State, Nigeria.

Juan Cole

Richard P. Mitchell Collegiate Professor of History at the University of Michigan, and author of “Muhammad: Prophet of Peace amid the Clash of Empires” (2018), “The New Arabs: How the Wired and Global Youth of the Middle East Is Transforming It” (2014), and “Engaging the Muslim World” (2009).

Helen Lackner

Research Associate at the London Middle East Institute in SOAS and author of the upcoming book “Yemen in Crisis: Autocracy, Neo-Liberalism and the Disintegration of a State”

Giuseppe Dentice

an Associate Research Fellow at the Italian Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI), and PhD Candidate in Institutions and Politics studies at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Mil

Rory Miller

Dr. Rory Miller is Professor of Government at Georgetown University in Qatar, and author or editor of nine books including “Desert Kingdoms to Global Powers: The Rise of the Arab Gulf” (Yale University Press: 2016).

Dr. Arafat Shoukri

is a senior researcher at Al Jazeera Centre for Studies (AJCS). He received his MA and PhD in oriental studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London in 2008. He is an expert in migration in the Middle East and has published two books about this topic.

Dr. Stephen Zunes

Stephen Zunes is professor and director of the Middle Eastern Studies at the University of San Francisco and author of “Tinderbox: U.S. Middle East Policy and the Roots of Terrorism” and “Western Sahara: War, Nationalism and Conflict”.

Dr. Stein Ringen

Visiting Professor of Political Economy at King's College London"and Emeritus Professor of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Oxford. He is a Norwegian political scientist and an authority on states, governance and democracy. He writes on democracy at

John Weeks

Emeritus Professor of Development Studies at the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), founding member of "Economists for Rational Economic Policies", and author of “Economics of the 1%: How Mainstream Economics Serves the Rich, Obscures Reality and Distorts Policy”

Dr. James K. Galbraith

Dr. James K. Galbraith is the Lloyd M. Bentsen Jr. Chair in Government/Business Relations and professor of Government at the University of Texas at Austin. He is the author of “The End of Normal” (Free Press, 2014) and “Inequality and Instability” (Oxford University Press, 2012.)

Hamed Mousavi

Professor of Political Science, University of Tehran. He has a PhD degree in Political Science from Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada.

Leonid M. Issaev

is Associate Professor at the Department for Political Science at the National Research University Higher School of Economics, Deputy Chair of the Laboratory for Sociopolitical Destabilization Risk Monitoring in Moscow.

Dr. Allan J. Lichtman

is Distinguished Professor of History at the American University, Washington, DC, and Author of The Case for Impeachment (Dey Street Books, 2018).

Rwoda Al-Naimi, Najla Al-Naimi & Larbi Sadiki

Rwoda Al-Naimi and Najla Al-Naimi are graduate students taking part in a research project ‎"Perceptions of Qatar’s Winning the Bid to Host the FIFA 2022 World Cup”, led by Dr. Larbi Sadiki professor at the College of Arts and Sciences at Qatar University.

Lutfullah Lutf

is a Senior Fiscal Policy Analyst in the Ministry of Finance, Afghanistan. He is also a Senior Researcher in the Center for Studies and Research, a Think Tank based in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Hussein AlAhmad

Hussein AlAhmad is a Political Communication professional, also researcher in ‘Mediatized Conflicts’ at the Istitute of Arab and Islamic Studies (IAIS), University of Exeter, UK.

Richard Javad Heydarian

Richard Javad Heydarian is a Manila-based academic, and a political science Professor at De La Salle University and Ateneo De Manila University. He is also a columnist for Manila Bulletin and the author of “Duterte’s Rise: A Populist Revolt Against Elite Democracy” (Palgrave, New York).

Naser al-Tamimi

Naser al-Tamimi is a researcher who specialises in the economies of the Gulf countries.

Madawi Al-Rasheed

Visiting Professor at the Middle East Centre, London School of Economics and author of “Muted Modernists” (Hurst & OUP, 2015) and “Salman’s Legacy: the Dilemmas of a New Era in Saudi Arabia” (Hurst, 2018).

Stasa Salacanin

is analyst of Middle Eastern affairs, terrorism, and defence.

Kristian Coates Ulrichsen

is Fellow for the Middle East at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy in Houston, Texas. He is the author of four books on the international relations and political economy of the Gulf, including Qatar and the Arab Spring and The United Arab Emirates: Power, Politics,and Policymaking.

Ramzy Baroud

Ramzy Baroud is an internationally-syndicated columnist, a media consultant, an author of several books and the founder of His books include “Searching Jenin”, “The Second Palestinian Intifada” and his latest “My Father Was a Freedom Fighter: Gaza’s Untold Story”.

Naveed Ahmad

Naveed Ahmad is a strategic analyst and academic with extensive reporting experience in South Asia, Middle East and North Africa. Based in Doha and Istanbul, he specializes in matters concerning security, diplomacy and governance.

Abdihakim Ainte

Abdihakim Ainte is currently an independent analyst and fellow at the Institute of Reconciliation & Justices. Prior to that an advisor to previous Somalia government on various capacities.

Wang Jian

Dr. Wang Jian is a professor of history and international political economy at Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences (SASS). He now serves as director of Institute of History in SASS, director of Center for West Asia and North Africa Studies (CWANAS) of SASS.

Ahmed al Burai

Editor at large TRTWORLD Former lecturer at Istanbul Aydin University writes for Aljazeera, Middle East Eye, Middle East Monitor, Daily Sabah.

Massoumeh Torfeh

Massoumeh Torfeh is a research associate at the London School of Economics and Political Science and at the School of Oriental and African Studies specialising in the politics of Iran and Afghanistan.

Elias C. Ngwu

is a Lecturer in Peace and Conflict Studies Unit of School of General Studies, University of Nigeria Nsukka.

Rachid Tlemcani

A Professor in International Politics and Regional Security, University of Algiers.

Imraan Minty

Imraan Minty is a Senior Associate Fellow at Al Sharq Forum. Imraan has a specific focus on the Geopolitics of Energy.

Omair Anas

Omair Anas is PhD in West Asian Studies, from Jawaharlal Nehru University New Delhi. He is a Research Fellow at the Indian council of World Affairs (ICWA), New Delhi.

Ramon Blanco

Ramon Blanco is a Researcher and Professor at the Federal University of Latin-American Integration (Brazil), where he coordinates the Peace Studies Research Group and also the Chair in Peace Studies.

Umair Jamal

Umair Jamal teaches history at Forman Christian College University and a correspondent for The Diplomat magazine based in Pakistan.

Fahad Yasiin

Is a researcher at Al Jazeera Centre for Studies.

Usaid Siddiqui

Is a Canada-based freelance writer and researcher. He is a founding member of the Toronto-based consulting group 416LABS. He has previously written for Mic News, Washington Post, Al Jazeera America and others.

Dr. Mohammed Cherkaoui

is professor of Conflict Resolution at George Mason University in Washington D.C. and former member of the United Nations Panel of Experts.

Ali al-Dhahab

is a Yemeni researcher focusing on strategic affairs.

Dr. Larbi Sadiki

is professor at the College of Arts and Sciences at Qatar University, and lead investigator of the “Perceptions of Qatar’s Winning the Bid to Host the FIFA 2022 World Cup” project.

Ali Riaz

is University Professor and Chair of the Department of Politics and Government at Illinois State University, USA.

Salvatore Babones

is an associate professor of sociology at the University of Sydney, Australia.

Saba Imtiaz

is a Freelance journalist and author currently based in Pakistan.

Chafic Choucair

Researcher at AlJazeera Centre for Studies specialising in the Arab Mashreq (Levant) and Islamic Movements.

Jonathan Berkshire Miller

is founding director of the Council on International Policy and is a senior fellow on East Asia for the EastWest Institute. Miller is also an international affairs fellow with the Council on Foreign Relations.And A Senior Fellow With The Asian Forum Japan (AFJ), Based In Tokyo.

Steven Friedman

is the Director of the Centre for the Study of Democracy at Rhodes University and the University of Johannesburg, South Africa.

Jonathan Githens-Mazer

is founding director of the Council on International Policy and is a fellow on East Asia for the East West Institute. Miller is also a fellow on Japan for the Center for Strategic and International Studies Pacific Forum and chair’s the Forum’s Japan-Korea Working Group.

Jamal Abdullah

is a researcher at AlJazeera Centre for Studies specialising in Gulf affairs.

Samee Siddiqui

is a freelance journalist based in the US and a PhD student studying Asian History at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. He specialises in Modern Japanese History and East Asian Politics.

Bekir S. Gur

is an Assistant Professor at Yildirim Beyazit University in Ankara, Turkey and an adviser to the Minister of National Education of Turkey. He was also a visiting scholar at the Center for Studies in Higher Education at the University of California, Berkeley, in the United States from 2014 to 2015.

Hafsa Kanjwal

is a PhD candidate in History and Women’s Studies at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor focusing on modern South Asia. Her dissertation examines the social and cultural history of modern Kashmir.

Thembisa Fakude

Head of Research Relations at Al Jazeera Centre for Studies.

Wolfgang Mühlberger

is a Senior Research Fellow EU-MENA, at The Finnish Institute of International Affairs.

Saad Naji Jawad

is a professor and researcher at the London School of Economics, University of London.

Seyed Hossein Mousavian

s a research scholar at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. He previously served as Iran’s ambassador to Germany, head of the foreign relations committee of Iran's National Security Council and as spokesman for Iran’s nuclear negotiators.

Sebastien Peyrouse

is a Research Professor at the Elliot School of International Affairs, Central Asia Program, IERES, George Washington University.

Tareq Osman

is a researcher specialising in Islamic thought

Philip Seib

Professor of Journalism and Public Diplomacy and Professor of International Relations at the University of Southern California.

Abu Ya’rub Al Marzouki

Professor of Arab and Greek Philosophy at the University of Tunis He served as adviser to the Tunisian government's premiership and was a member of the Academic Council for the Tunisian Complex for Sciences, Literature and Arts where he was entrusted with the translation section.

Mariam Sharbash

is a Doha-based Researcher at Al Jazeera Centre for Studies and Al Jazeera English. She previously worked for UNDP and Amnesty International UK. She is an MA graduate from the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy (CISD), School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London.

Malak Chabkoun

Malak Chabkoun is an independent Middle East researcher and writer.

Galip Dalay

is the Research Director at Al Sharq Forum, Senior Associate Fellow on Turkey and Kurdish Affairs at Al Jazeera Center for Studies & a Columnist at the Middle East Eye.

Temilola A. George

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Dr. Fatima Al-Smadi

Researcher at the Al Jazeera Centre for Studies specialising in Iranian affairs.

Alison Pargeter

is a freelance North Africa and Middle East expert with a particular focus on Libya, Tunisia, Iraq (including the Kurdish region), and Egypt, as well as on political Islamist movements, including the Muslim Brotherhood.

Freedom C.Onuoha

Senior lecturer in the Department of Political Science, University of Nigeria Nsukka.

Benjamin Augé

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Lihi Ben Shitrit

is an Assistant Professor, at the School of Public and International Affairs, University of Georgia.

Chris Doyle

is the Director of CAABU (Council for Arab-British Understanding)

Dr.Omar Ashour

is a lecturer in security and strategic studies at the University of Exeter, and Associate Fellow in security studies at the Royal Institute of International Studies (Chatham House).

Mehari Taddele Maru

is Program Head for the African Conflict Prevention Program at the Institute for Strategic Studies (ISS), Addis Ababa office.

Luke M. Obala

is a lecturer at the School of the Built Environment, University of Nairobi.

Senussi Bsaikri

is a Libyan writer, researcher, and political analyst based in Benghazi, Libya.

Professor Ali Abdullatif Ahmida

He is the founding Chair (2000 – 2014) of the Department of Political Science at the University of New England, Biddeford, Maine, USA.