Guest: Bessma Momani, Senior fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation and Professor at the Balsillie School of International Affairs and the University of Waterloo
About: In this episode, Dr. Bessma Momani, Senior Fellow at the Centre for International Governance, an independent, non-partisan think tank with an objective and uniquely global perspective, sat down with us to discuss Kurdish independence. This episode will explore who the Kurdish people are, what makes them so distinct in Middle Eastern politics, and what has prevented the Kurds from establishing a fully autonomous state of their own. This episode dives into issues of Kurdish sovereignty, and what this means for the region and its neighbours. Join us as Dr. Momani offers insight into the complex politics of this marginalized group.
Dr. Momani is a senior fellow of the Centre for International Governance Innovation. She has a PhD in political science with a focus on international political economy and is a professor at the Balsillie School of International Affairs and the University of Waterloo. Dr. Momani is a 2015 fellow of the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation, a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Doha Center and a Fulbright Scholar. She has been a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC, and a visiting scholar at Georgetown University’s Mortara Center.