About Me

I am Michael Koplow, program director of the Israel Institute and an analyst of Middle Eastern politics and U.S. foreign policy in the region. I hold a BA in history from Brandeis, a JD from NYU, a masters in Middle Eastern Studies from Harvard, and a Ph.D. in political science from Georgetown (yes, I am a sucker for punishment). I have interned at the Council on Foreign Relations, worked at a law firm, trained Foreign Service Officers for the State Department, and managed to avoid a real job for far too long. I also have two amazing and adorable kids. This is a personal blog and nothing that I write here should be considered as speaking on behalf of my current employer. If you’re interested in reading other things that I have written, here you go.

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  • [...] Ottomans and Zionists, July 27, 2012: Turkey is suddenly gearing up to face what might be the biggest foreign policy challenge the AKP has faced in its decade in government, which is the emergence of an autonomous Syrian Kurdistan. As Assad’s forces pull back and retrench, they have left the Kurdish areas of northern Syria in the hands of the PYD, which is the Syrian counterpart to the PKK, and all of a sudden Turkey is facing the prospect of a Syrian Kurdish state right on its border. [...]


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