The Human Costs of War: 40 Years of Turkish-Kurdish Conflict

Dr. Veli N. Yashin

Professor, USC

Dr. Ruken Sengul

Fellow, UCLA Center for Near Eastern Studies

November 13, 2019 7:00 PM    Young Professionals

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When the United States recently announced its intention to withdraw troops from northeastern Syria, Turkey stepped up its military operations to combat Kurdish groups in the region. Although the controversial American withdrawal is a recent development, open conflict between Turkey and Kurdish forces dates back nearly 40 years.

We invite you to join us in a deep-dive discussion on the Turkish-Kurdish conflict with experts on the region. We will explore the history of the conflict, the objectives of the various factions, and implications for the immensely complicated and delicate political situation in the Middle East. 

Most importantly, we will discuss the human costs of war and whether there is a peaceful way forward for the region. 


Veli N. Yashin, Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of Southern California. He has earned his doctorate from Columbia University in Arabic and Comparative Literature, and he is the winner of the 2013 Horst Frenz Prize of the American Comparative Literature Association. Yashin’s research and teaching focuses on modern Arabic and Turkish literatures and broadly engages the complex entanglement between aesthetics and politics, between issues of cultural and political representation. His work has appeared and is forthcoming in The Yearbook of Comparative Literature, Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East, the Journal of Arabic Literature, Middle Eastern Literatures, boundary 2, and Postcolonial Studies. He has recently completed a book manuscript entitled "Disorienting Figures: The Sovereign and the Author in the Ottoman Nineteenth Century".

Ruken Sengul is a Distinguished Research Fellow at the UCLA Center for Near Eastern Studies and the Promise Institute for Human Rights. She is a Kurdish anthropologist with engaged research expertise on gender and sexual formations of sovereignty, nationalism, kinship, violence, memory and displacement in the Kurdish borderlands of Turkey, Iraq and Syria. 

Tickets: $15 for members and guests; $18 for non-members; $20 at-the-door

Online reservations remain open until 4:00 pm on November 12. 

Networking Reception: 7:00 pm
Discussion and Q&A: 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Refreshments will be served. Business casual attire encouraged. 

Parking: Parking is available in the lot directly outside of 3535 Hayden after 6PM. Street parking is also available on Hayden Ave.

Cancel by 12:00 PM, November 12th to receive a full refund.