Kurdistan in America

Kurdistan in America

A podcast exploring the rich relationship between Kurdistan and the United States.This is the official podcast of the Kurdistan Regional Government Representation in the United States, based in Washington, DC. For more information, visit us at us.gov.krd or on Twitter @KRG_USA.The music in this podcast is Zakaria's "Bo Kurdistan" - https://youtu.be/cE3bid6Td_g... Show More

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February 27, 2021 34 min

This episode features a discussion with David Tafuri, the President of the United States Kurdistan Business Council (USKBC), an advisor to the Kurdistan Regional Government Representation in the United States, and a political commentator on Fox News. Mr. Tafuri sheds light on the mission of the USKBC and the organization’s activities in the Kurdistan Region, his experience working for UNHCR in Turkey and later for the US Embassy in...

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This episode of the Kurdistan in America features a discussion with two distinguished guests from the American University of Kurdistan (AUK): Dr. Honar Issa, the Secretary of the Board of Trustees, and Dr. Randall Rhodes, the President of the American University of Kurdistan. As a pioneer at the university, Dr. Honar discusses the university's mission and vision, its challenges during the establishment phase, the current state ...

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With ISIS only a few miles away, you'd think that the last thing an American NGO would want to do is start considering restoring a tomb in Iraq of a prophet from the Old Testament. But that's exactly what ARCH International did in 2014 when it began to look at the tomb of Prophet Nahom in Al Qosh. 

In this episode of the Kurdistan in America Podcast, Delovan Barwari, from the KRG Representation in the United States, speaks t...

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The Kurdistan In America podcast welcomes Kathy Keary from the Mines Advisory Group, known as MAG, which has been working in Kurdistan Region in Iraq since 1992. Ms. Keary says that  Kurdistan Region alone would be in the top five most contaminated countries in the world affected by landmines and unexploded ordnance, while Iraq as a whole is in the top three. Find out in this interview what MAG is doing to empower local communities...

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In this episode of the Kurdistan in America podcast, our guest is Sam Brownback, the US Ambassador-At-Large for International Religious Freedom. Listen to Ambassador Brownback assess the progress that has been made in promoting religious freedom around the world, why he sees Kurdistan as a model of coexistence, and what faith means to him personally.

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September 28, 2020 26 min

In this episode of the Kurdistan in America podcast, we interview Yadgar Merani, the founder and CEO of Lezzoo, an on-demand delivery service that has expanded to delivering groceries, cleaning and other services. Listen to Yadgar tell the story of the Kurdistan Region’s most exciting start-up, the only start-up in Kurdistan and Iraq to be supported by YCombinator, and his hopes for youth entrepreneurs in Kurdistan and Iraq.

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This episode features an interview with Dr. Shahla Gli, a non-resident scholar at the Middle East Institute. Dr. Shahla obtained her masters and Ph.D. in International Affairs at Tufts University. The discussion is about the US-Iraq Strategic Dialogue, Erbil-Baghdad Relations, and the fate of Sinjar and Nineveh Plains. 

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This episode features an interview with Steve Lutes Steve is the Vice President of Middle East Affairs at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. He is the Executive Director of the U.S.-Egypt Business Council, the U.S.-Iraq Business Initiative, the U.S.-GCC Business Initiative. 

Steve discusses the activities of the US Chamber of Commerce and the US-Iraq Business Council and shares his experience in the Kurdistan Region and the rest of Iraq.

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This episode features an interview with Robert Ford, the former US Ambassador to Algeria and Syria, and former deputy Ambassador to Iraq from 2008 to 2010. Ambassador Ford discusses his experience in Iraq and shares his views about developments in the region.

Music is "Bo Kurdistan" by Zakaria - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cE3bid6Td_g

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Interview with Hoshang Mohammed, Director of KRG's Joint Crisis Coordination Center about the humanitarian crisis in Kurdistan and his first encounters with Americans.
Music is Zakaria's "Bo Kurdistan".

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Interview with Zack Bazzi, the Regional Director for the Middle East and Central Asia with Spirit of America. We talk about Spirit of America's support for the Peshmerga during COVID-19, the ongoing humanitarian crisis, and Zack's first arrival in Kurdistan as a Sergeant in the US Army.

Music is "Bo Kurdistan" by Zakaria - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cE3bid6Td_g

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Interview with Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Joey Hood. We talk about the relationship between Kurdistan and the United States, his family connection to Operation Provide Comfort in the 1990s, and his dream of seeing leben Erbil in America's supermarkets. 

Music is "Bo Kurdistan" by Zakaria - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cE3bid6Td_g

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Episode 1 - February 12, 2020

A short summary of the latest news from Kurdistan, followed by an interview with Heba El Kayal, curator of the Middle East Institute's art exhibition "Speaking Across Mountains: Kurdish Artists in Dialogue", on display at MEI until February 20.

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