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Table of Contents: Winter 2018, VOLUME 41,2


Article One:

Erdogan's Future: Failed Coup, the Kurds & the Gulenists                 

Michael M. Gunter

Article Two:

The Kurdistan Referendum: An Evaluation of the Kurdistan Lobby

Vera Eccarius-Kelly

Article Three:

Partisan Armed Forces of Kurdistan Regional Government

Hawre Hasan Hama

Article Four:

 Israel and the Kurds: A Pragmatic Relationship in Middle Eastern Politics

Michael B. Bishku

Article Five:

Uneasy Neighbors: Iran and the Kurdish Regional Government

Nader Entessar

Article Six:

Reporting the Crisis in Iraq: Media Coverage of the HumanitarianAid Effort in Kurdistan

Ahmed Omar Bali

Rinella Cere


Book Reviews
Nadia H. Barsoum

 Michael M. Gunter is Professor of Political Science, college of Arts and Sciences, at Tennessee Technical University.  Dr. Gunter is an authority on kurds in Turkey and Iraq and has written seven books on the Kurdish struggle. He is a board member of the Center for Eurasian Studies.

Vera Eccarius-Kelly is Professor of Comparative Politics at Siena College in Loudonville/Albany, NY. Her research interests focus on Kurdish diaspora activism and revolutionary movements in Latin America.  She published numerous book chapters in recent collections, including "The Kurdish Diaspora and Europe's Gatekeeping after Kobane," in Domestic and Regional Uncertainties in the New Turkey (2017) and "Behind the Front Lines: Kobani, Legitimacy, and Kurdish Diaspora Mobilization" in a collection entitled Kurdish Issues (Mazda Press, 2016). Among her journal publications are "The imaginary Kurdish Museum: ordinary Kurds, narrative nationalisms, and collective memory" in Kurdish Studies (2015), "Surreptitious Lifelines: A Structural Analysis of the FARC and the PKK," in Terrorism and Political Violence (2012) and “Nationalism, Ethnic Rap, and the Kurdish Diaspora,” in Peace Review (2010). She published a monograph entitled The Militant Kurds: A Dual Strategy for Freedom (Praeger International, 2011). She can be reached at

Hawre Hasan Hama obtained his MA in International Studies at Sheffield University in the UK. Hawre is currently a lecturer at University of Sulaimani, faculty of law, politics, and department of politics. He is the author of “Politicization of Kurdish Security in Iraq since 2003". He has published policy papers in the Washington Institute’s Fikra Forum, Open Democracy, Center for Security Studies, Modern Diplomacy, The Kurdish Policy Foundation and Masher Politics & Culture Journal. He is a security expert on Kurdistan security affairs at Kurdish Policy Foundation.

Michael Bishku is Professor of history at the Department of History, Anthropology & Philosophy. Augusta University. He has published numerous articles on modern Middle Eastern diplomatic history and politics, especially regarding Turkey, Israel, and the Caucasus in several journals as Middle Eastern Studies, Middle East Policy, Mediterranean Quarterly, Journal of South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Studies in Contemporary Islam, Israel Affairs. Also, he has been a contributor to The Oxford Dictionary of Islam (2003), The Islamic World: Past and Present (Oxford University Press, 2004), Encyclopedia of the Modern World (Oxford University Press, 2008), Encyclopedia of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2009), Islamic Attitudes to Israel (Routledge, 2008), and The Evolution of Kurdish Nationalism (Mazda Publishers, 2007)..

Nader Entessar is Professor and Chair of the Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice at the University of South Alabama.  His books include Kurdish Ethnonationalism and Kurdish Politics in the Middle East.

Ahmed Omar Bali  earned his Ph.D. in media and communication from Sheffield Hallam University in the United Kingdom. He is the head of the Diplomacy and Public Relations Department and a lecturer at the University of Human Development; he is a visiting lecturer at Sulaimani Polytechnic University in Iraqi Kurdistan. He teaches on Public Diplomacy, Principle of Public Relations, Media and Public Opinion, Methodology. His recent publications include: the consequence of an economic boom on the perception of democracy, government performance and public service: Iraqi Kurdistan as a case study, International Journal of Contemporary Iraqi Studies, 2017. The role of communication technology in fighting administrative corruption, Journal of Human Development, 2017. The attitude of Kurdish elite toward The Arab media discourse-Aljazeera as an example, Journal of Human Development, 2017. The Six-Day War and Its Impact on Arab and Israeli Conflict, Journal of History Research, 2017.  

Rinella Cere is a Reader in Media and Cultural Studies at Sheffield Hallam University. She teaches on European and international media, globalisation and the media, and postcolonial media cultures. She teaches on European and international media, globalisation and the media, and postcolonial media cultures. She has co-edited with Rosalind Brunt the book on Postcolonial Media Culture in Britain and recent publications include chapters for the edited collection Postcolonial Studies Meets Media Studies. A Critical Encounter (Transcript Verlag, 2016) and for Representing Communities. Discourse and Contexts (Palgrave 2017). E-mail:

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