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The Middle East
The Kurds’ Proxy Trap

Will the Kurds’ proxy fight against ISIS work against their national aspirations in the long run?

Middle East
Israel and the Kurds: Love by Proxy

The asymmetrical but rewarding relationship between two Middle East minority nations.

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Triangulation
Israel-Turkey-Kurdish Oil Deal Points to Possible Alliance

Reports that Israel is buying Kurdish oil shipped through Turkey raise some interesting possibilities for a lasting alliance in a chronically unstable region.

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The Kurdish Question
The Elephant in the Room

Across the Middle East, Kurdish politics are growing more assertive and self-confident. The status quo is increasingly untenable, but the United States appears to have no game plan.

Will the Kurds Get Their Way?

The rising prospect of Kurdish independence, with Iraqi Kurdistan as its epicenter, portends major disruptions in Southwest Asia and beyond.

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