The Syrian Kurds’ Long Road to Recognition

Once an integrated part of society, the Kurds in Syria have been marginalized for decades.

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The origins of the Kurdish question in Syria can be traced back to the mid-1950s when Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser defined his vision for a unified pan-Arab state. Prior to this time, the Kurds in Syria were well-integrated, and some even played prominent roles in formative events in Syrian history. In 1919, Ibrahim Hananu, […]

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Hilal Khashan is a Professor of political science at the American University of Beirut. He is a respected author and analyst of Middle Eastern affairs. He is the author of six books, including Hizbullah: A Mission to Nowhere. (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2019.) He is currently writing a book titled Saudi Arabia: The Dilemma of Political Reform and the Illusion of Economic Development. He is also the author of more than 110 articles that appeared in journals such as Orbis, The Journal of Conflict Resolution, The Brown Journal of World Affairs, Middle East Quarterly, Third World Quarterly, Israel Affairs, Journal of Religion and Society, Nationalism and Ethnic Politics, and The British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies.