A U.S. military operation that eliminated Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is welcome but fails to allay worries about the security vacuum caused by the removal of U.S. troops from northern Syria.
The Kurds are one of the world’s largest peoples without a state, making up sizable minorities in Iran, Iraq, Syria, and Turkey. Their century-old quest for independence is marked by marginalization and persecution.
Henri J. Barkey and Steven A. Cook sit down with James M. Lindsay to discuss the U.S. military withdrawal from northern Syria, the Turkish incursion, and the response from others in the region. Barkey is an adjunct senior fellow for Middle East studies at CFR and the Bernard L. and Bertha F. Cohen Chair in International Relations at Lehigh University. Cook is the Eni Enrico Mattei senior fellow for Middle East and Africa studies and director of the International Affairs Fellowship for Tenured International Relations Scholars at CFR.