Divided among several nation-states and situated at the heart of a complex geopolitical landscape, Kurds constitute the world’s largest stateless ethnic group. In the last decades, they have steadily grown in importance as a political power to reckon with in the Middle East and all aspects of Kurdish issues -- political, cultural and historical alike -- have emerged as the subject of remarkable scholarly interest. The Moshe Dayan Center has, therefore, launched the Kurdish Studies Program, which aims to foster an in-depth understanding on, and research of Kurdish-related issues. The head of the program is Prof. Ofra Bengio, Senior Research Fellow at the Moshe Dayan Center. Mr. Ceng Sagnic serves as Program Coordinator.
The Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies (MDC) is a non-partisan interdisciplinary research center devoted to the study of the contemporary Middle East and Africa. For over half a century, the MDC has helped to explain the complexities of the modern Middle East. Our guiding principle is that in order to understand the region, one must understand its cultures, peoples, languages, religions, and history.