The first issue of our new volume, our 64th, offers a range of articles across the region and across multiple disciplines: history, political science, anthropology, and international relations among them.
Kurdish issues are a frequent subject of the Journal's authors, but we hear most frequently about the Kurdish problem in Turkey and Iraq. Much less scholarly attention has been paid to the Kurdish population of Iran, especially in the 30 years since the Islamic Revolution. Hashem Ahmadzadeh and Gareth Stansfield of the University of Exeter go a long way toward rectifying that omission in the first article of this issue, which makes considerable use of Kurdish sources.
Though the Bedouin still play a role in many Western stereotypes of the region (and in the Arab poetic imagination), the tribes are in decline in many core Middle Eastern countries. Dawn Chatty, an anthropologist at Oxford, provides a useful overview of the current status of the tribes in secular, Arab nationalist Syria.
Relations between the United States and Turkey - NATO allies - have experienced a rough patch in recent years, particularly since the invasion of Iraq in 2003. Professor Ioannis N. Grigoriadis of Bilkent University offers a survey of the issues dividing the two longtime allies in the third article of this issue. …