51 episodes

"The 'Kurdistan in America' podcast is the official voice of the Kurdistan Regional Government Representation in the United States, headquartered in Washington, DC. Its primary objective is to delve into the rich ties between Kurdistan and the United States. Now in its fourth season, this English-language podcast is published monthly, covering a broad spectrum of subjects such as art, culture, security, politics, humanitarian issues, and economics. We're proud to announce that 'Kurdistan in America' was featured in Welp Magazine’s list of the '20 Best Government Relations Podcasts of 2021'. For further details, visit us at us.gov.krd or follow us on Twitter at @KRG_USA. The music featured in this podcast is Zakaria's "Bo Kurdistan" - https://youtu.be/cE3bid6Td_g."

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"The 'Kurdistan in America' podcast is the official voice of the Kurdistan Regional Government Representation in the United States, headquartered in Washington, DC. Its primary objective is to delve into the rich ties between Kurdistan and the United States. Now in its fourth season, this English-language podcast is published monthly, covering a broad spectrum of subjects such as art, culture, security, politics, humanitarian issues, and economics. We're proud to announce that 'Kurdistan in America' was featured in Welp Magazine’s list of the '20 Best Government Relations Podcasts of 2021'. For further details, visit us at us.gov.krd or follow us on Twitter at @KRG_USA. The music featured in this podcast is Zakaria's "Bo Kurdistan" - https://youtu.be/cE3bid6Td_g."

    S5-Episode 2 - Interview with Mr. Falah Mustafa, Special Assistant to the President Nechirvan Barzani

    S5-Episode 2 - Interview with Mr. Falah Mustafa, Special Assistant to the President Nechirvan Barzani

    Welcome to 'The Kurdistan in America' podcast, the official podcast of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Representation in the United States. In this second episode of season five, hosted by Delovan Barwari, we are honored to have a very special guest, Mr. Falah Mustafa.

    Mr. Falah Mustafa, Special Assistant for Foreign Affairs to the President of Kurdistan Region, His Excellency Nechirvan Barzani, delves into the recent visit of the Kurdistan Region Presidency delegation to Washington DC. From navigating the complexities of Erbil-Baghdad relations to discussing potential US intervention to mitigate disputes, this conversation offers invaluable insights into Kurdistan's geopolitical dynamics.

    Moreover, Mr. Mustafa shares personal reflections on his birthplace and memorable experiences visiting Washington DC, providing a unique blend of personal narrative and diplomatic analysis.

    Join us on 'The Kurdistan in America' for engaging dialogue, expert analysis, and a deeper understanding of US-Kurdistan relations, along with valuable insights about the political situation in Iraq, Kurdistan, and the broader region.

    • 37 min
    S5-Episode 1-Interview with Dr. Yerevan Saeed, Mustafa Barzani Scholar in Residence at the AU

    S5-Episode 1-Interview with Dr. Yerevan Saeed, Mustafa Barzani Scholar in Residence at the AU

    Welcome to 'The Kurdistan in America' podcast, the official podcast of the KRG Representation in Washington DC, hosted by Delovan Barwari. In the Season Five kickoff episode, we are honored to welcome Dr. Yerevan Saeed, the Mustafa Barzani Scholar in Residence at American University and a Non-Resident Fellow at the Arab Gulf States Institute.

    In this episode, Dr. Saeed shares his academic journey, including his impressive accomplishment of earning a PhD in Peace and Conflict Resolution from George Mason University. We'll also explore his role as the Mustafa Barzani Scholar in Residence.

    We delve into Dr. Saeed's recent thought-provoking article in The Hill, titled 'America must stop treating the Kurds like temporary allies.' Our conversation goes deep into topics such as Iran's ballistic attack on Erbil, the U.S. response to these attacks, and the broader implications of America’s approach to Kurdish relations, all of which are highlighted in his article. Dr. Saeed also reflects on his hometown and his experience as a four-time refugee.

    Join us for this enlightening discussion on Kurdish-American relations and the pressing geopolitical challenges of our time. Tune in now!

    • 28 min
    S4 - Episode 12 - Interview with Ms. Bonnie Carroll, President and Founder of TAPS International

    S4 - Episode 12 - Interview with Ms. Bonnie Carroll, President and Founder of TAPS International

    Welcome to a new episode of the 'Kurdistan in America' podcast, marking our twelfth and final episode of Season Four. We are honored to feature Ms. Bonnie Carroll, the president and founder of the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), a non-governmental organization dedicated to supporting families affected by military losses.

    As we approach the new year, we'd like to take a moment to extend our warm wishes to our audience for a joyous holiday season and a New Year filled with hope and positivity.

    Ms. Carroll, the surviving spouse of Brigadier General Tom Carroll, also served in the military, retiring as a Major in the US Air Force Reserve.

    In her earlier civilian career, she served three Presidents in senior policy positions in Washington, D.C., lobbied on Defense and Aerospace issues, and was posted in Baghdad, Iraq from '03 to '04 during Operation Iraqi Freedom as an Advisor to the Ministry of Communications.

    Her experiences in Iraq inspired a global network offering hope and healing to all those grieving a military loss. The connections she forged among widows and mothers of the Peshmerga and Iraqi Army laid the foundation for TAPS' research on supporting the enduring legacies of service and sacrifice—the families left behind.

    Ms. Carroll was honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Obama, the highest civilian recognition in the United States, in 2015.

    In this episode, Ms. Carroll shares her experiences in the U.S. military, her time in Iraq and the Kurdistan Region, the inspiration behind establishing TAPS International, and her perspectives on the Kurdish people.

    Join us on this enlightening journey as she shares her remarkable life story. 

    • 23 min
    S4 - Episode 11 - Interview with retired Brigadier General Ernest C. Audino

    S4 - Episode 11 - Interview with retired Brigadier General Ernest C. Audino

    Welcome to a new episode of the 'Kurdistan in America' podcast, marking our eleventh episode of Season Four. We are honored to feature retired Brigadier General Ernest C. Audino, a renowned strategic military leader and a seasoned expert in national security and foreign policy.

    General Audino serves as the District Director for U.S. Congressman Michael Waltz and as a Senior Military Fellow at the Gold Institute for International Strategy. He is the only U.S. general officer to have served a full year as a combat advisor embedded inside a Kurdish Peshmerga brigade in Iraq and is authoring a book about this experience, emphasizing the Kurdish resilience and quest for freedom.

    With a Bachelor of Science from West Point, two master's degrees, and a Juris Doctor, General Audino retired from the Army in 2011. 

    In this episode, he discusses his motivations in Middle Eastern and Kurdish military affairs, the impact of the Israel-Gaza conflict on Kurdistan, U.S. deterrence in the region, and his perspectives on Kurdish Peshmerga forces. He also recommends policies for U.S. support of the Peshmerga and KRG.

    Join us on this enlightening journey as General Audino shares his experience and knowledge, guiding us through the complex geopolitical landscape of the Middle East, with a focus on Kurdistan and Iraq.

    • 30 min
    S4 - Episode 10 - Interview with Dr. Michael Knights, Fellow at The Washington Institute

    S4 - Episode 10 - Interview with Dr. Michael Knights, Fellow at The Washington Institute

    Welcome to another insightful episode of the "Kurdistan in America" podcast, our tenth episode of Season Four. We are privileged to have Dr. Michael Knights, a renowned Middle East expert from The Washington Institute, join us.

    Dr. Knights is the Jill and Jay Bernstein Fellow at The Washington Institute, specializing in the military and security affairs of Iraq, Iran, and the Gulf states. He also co-founded the Militia Spotlight platform, offering in-depth analysis of the Iranian-backed militias in Iraq and Syria.

    He earned his PhD from the Department of War Studies at King's College London.

    In this episode, Dr. Knights discussed the challenges facing Iraq and the Kurdistan Region. He offered his take on the potential role Washington can play in addressing the disputes between Erbil and Baghdad. Additionally, he shared his personal perspectives on the Kurdish people and stressed the importance of Kurdish unity.

    Join us on this enlightening journey as Dr. Michael Knights shares his comprehensive knowledge, guiding us through the ever-evolving geopolitical landscape of the Middle East.

    • 27 min
    S4 - Episode 9 - Interview with Myles Caggins, Spokesperson for APIKUR

    S4 - Episode 9 - Interview with Myles Caggins, Spokesperson for APIKUR

    Welcome to another engaging episode of the Kurdistan in America podcast: our ninth episode of Season Four. We're honored to host a seasoned guest, Myles B. Caggins III.
    Myles, a retired U.S. Army colonel, has transitioned into a crucial role as the spokesperson for The Association of the Petroleum Industry of Kurdistan, known as APIKUR. His shift from a military realm to a pivotal voice in Kurdistan's oil sector is truly remarkable.


    In this episode, we discuss the impactful halt in Kurdistan’s oil exports via the Iraq-Turkey Pipeline, following the International Chamber of Commerce ruling earlier this year. Myles explains its adverse impacts on both the Kurdistan Region's economy and the international oil firms operating in Kurdistan, while also shedding light on the broader geopolitical repercussions.

    We delve further into discussing the essential steps required to mitigate these challenges, emphasizing Washington's potential role in fostering a conducive environment towards resolution.

    Representing APIKUR, Myles extends a message of strategic resilience to the people of Kurdistan, illuminating hope during such economic challenges.

    Join us, as Myles shares practical steps to help Kurdistan’s oil sector find stability in a challenging global setting.

    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
18 Ratings

18 Ratings

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Interesting & powerful

I just want to say this podcast channel is really interesting and powerful, specially during interviewing with some great people.

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Valuable & Positive

I just want to take the time to say that I enjoy listening to these episodes because of the guests who are interviewed. As a Kurdish-American, this is a valuable and positive space!

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