Zana K. Gul is a political, security and economic analyst specializing in the Middle East and North Africa. He is focusing on the region’s evolution and its broader consequences for the world. A doctoral researcher on Iraq’s foreign policy at the University of Sheffield.
October 7th, 2013
Published in OpenDemocracy: The two Iraqi Kurdish parties’ entanglement in the Syrian Kurdish issues seems to have resulted in anti-Assad rebels and extreme jihadists retaliating against the KRG, in a spillover of the Syrian civil war. On September 29, a rare attack occurred in Arbil, the capital of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), in which the headquarters of […]
August 23rd, 2013
Published in OpenDemocracy, The already strained Baghdad-Ankara relationship has further deteriorated in recent years, due to regional crises, internal political instability, narrow perceptions and regional interests. The deterioration in relations was, to some extent, inherent in the domestic and regional evolution of the two countries. The relationship, which was steadily progressing during the US occupation […]
August 12th, 2013
Published on OpenDemocracy. Although the civil war in Syria is ongoing, the Kurds have achieved major strides towards their rights by controlling a region for the first time in Syrian modern history. The emergence of the Syrian Kurds, for the first time in modern Syrian history after decades of repression, faces many difficulties and pitfalls […]