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August 19, 2014

By Aaron Stein

The PKK’s Refugee Camp in Turkey

After the uptick in fighting in Iraqi Kurdistan, thousands of Ezidis have fled their homes after the Islamic State overran the Peshmerga in numerous villages on the far western border of Kurdistan. What is Turkey’s policy towards these new refugees? Why is the PKK running a refugee camp in Turkey? What are the conditions like on Turkey’s borders with Iraq and Syria in the predominantly Kurdish southeast? How do those conditions differ from other border areas in Turkey? How do local people view the PYD’s YPG, as compared to the Peshmerga? And what does all of this mean for the current AKP led peace talks with the PKK?

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August 12, 2014

By Dan Kaszeta

CBRN Warfare and the Collection of Useful Evidence

Allegations of the use of chemical, biological, or radiological weapons or materials are occasionally made during conflicts.  Establishing actual facts on the ground after an alleged incident is particularly difficult due to the physical properties of such devices and weapons.  Collecting evidence in such circumstances is simultaneously very important, potentially hazardous  and very difficult. Establishing…

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July 19, 2014

By Aaron Stein

Turkey Wonk – Crisis in Kobane

After the Islamic State’s rapid advances in Iraq, scant attention has been paid to their offensive in Kobane. Today, Aaron Stein speaks with Michael Stephens, Director of RUSI Qatar, about the on-going clashes between the PYD and the Islamic State on the border of Syrian Kurdistan. The two discuss Turkish policy in Iraq and Syria and finish with a more general discussion about the trajectory of the conflicts in Iraq and Syria.

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