UCF Global Perspectives


The Kurdish Political Studies Program

“Developing knowledge and understanding about the Kurds and Kurdistan”

The Kurdish Political Studies Program, which strives to develop knowledge and understanding about the Kurds and Kurdistan, is supported by the endowed chair in Kurdish Political Studies established by Dr. Najmaldin Karim and the Global Connections Foundation. The initiative is a cooperative undertaking of UCF’s Global Perspectives Office and Department of Political Science in the College of Sciences (where the endowed chair is housed), and the Global Connections Foundation. Established as an initiative in 2008, it was formalized as a program in 2014. The Jalal Talabani Endowed Chair of Kurdish Political Studies, the only such position in the country, was inaugurated on October 29, 2015. The program sponsors or co-sponsors public discussions involving high-profile speakers, conferences and other meetings; supports scholarship and research; and works with partners internationally to broaden knowledge and understanding about the Kurds and Kurdistan. The program examines the Kurds and Kurdistan in an interdisciplinary manner, but its primary focus is on politics.

Dr. Karim is a neurosurgeon in Washington, D.C. He also serves as the president of the Washington Kurdish Institute, a non-profit center dedicated to research and education for Kurdish people worldwide. He has been involved in programs at UCF dealing with the Kurds and Kurdistan since 2005. He is a member of the Global Perspectives Office’s advisory board.

The program closely collaborates with the Global Perspectives Office and is integrated with the Security Studies doctoral program at UCF. For additional information about the program, please visit http://politicalscience.cos.ucf.edu/kps.


Related Events

Click here for a list of recent and past events supported by the Kurdish Political Studies Program at UCF.