Wladimir van Wilgenburg

Wladimir van Wilgenburg is a political analyst specializing in issues concerning Iraq, Iran, Syria, and Turkey with a particular focus on Kurdish politics. In 2011 van Wilgenburg received an MA from the University of Utrecht’s Conflict Studies and Human Rights program. There he completed his MA dissertation on the Iraqi city of Kirkuk’s Arab political spectrum. Much of his work was based on first-hand research and interviews conducted by van Wilgenburg on the ground in Iraq. He is currently enrolled in the University of Exeter’s MA Kurdish Studies program. Van Wilgenburg is a contributor to the Jamestown Foundation’s book Volatile Landscape: Iraq and Its Insurgent Movements. He has also written extensively for Jamestown’s well-regarded Terrorism Monitor and Militant Leadership Monitor publications. In addition to Jamestown, he currently writes for Rudaw, an online Kurdish newspaper based in Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan that publishes in English, and Kurdish. Van Wilgenburg provides commentary and advice to a variety of media outlets such as the SETimes.com, and a various number of NGOs and think tanks.

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Expressen Quotes Wladimir van Wilgenburg

Sweden's Expressen newspaper discussed Russia's accusation that Turkey is buying oil from the Islamic State with Jamestown analyst with Wladimir van Wilgenburg.

Al-Jazeera Quotes van Wilgenburg

Wladimir van Wilgenburg discussed Turkey's shift in the anti-Islamic State campaign to include strikes against Kurdish forces and the response that may come from Kurdish groups, such as the PKK, with al-Jazeera.

RFE/RL Quoted Wladimir van Wilgenburg

Van Wilgenburg, an analyst of Kurdish affairs for Jamestown, discussed Turkey's preference for fighting Kurdish forces as opposed to the Islamic State in Syria for RFE/RL's Under the Black Flag.

The National Interviews Wladimir van Wilgenburg

Wladimir van Wilgenburg, an analyst of Kurdish affairs for The Jamestown Foundation, discussed whether or not Kurdish forces in Syria will be able to maintain the territory that they have

WSJ Quotes Wladimir van Wilgenburg

Wladimir van Wilgenburg discussed the Islamic State's attacks on Syrian Kurdish areas as a responsive to the Kurdish seizure of towns near the Islamic State capital of Raqqa with the

Wladimir van Wilgenburg Quoted by AFP

AFP quoted Wladimir van Wilgenburg, an analyst of Kurdish politics for Jamestown, on how the Kurdish groups' (like the PKK and YPG) past experiences enable them to fight against the Islamic State.

AP Quotes Wladimir van Wilgenburg

Wladimir van Wilgenburg, a Jamestown analyst of Kurdish affairs, discussed the Islamic State's defeat at Tal Abyad by Kurdish forces with AP.

The Rise of Jaysh al-Fateh in Northern Syria

A new Islamist coalition called the Army of Conquest (Jaysh al-Fateh) has in the last few months have scored significant victories against the Syrian government, capturing most of Idlib province

Al-Jazeera Quotes Wladimir van Wilgenburg

The recent Turkish election and the electoral gains made by the Kurdish party were discussed by Wladimir van Wilgenburg, an analyst of Kurdish affairs for Jamestown, with al-Jazeera.

Wladimir van Wilgenburg Quoted by AP

Wladimir van Wilgenburg, an analyst of Kurdish affairs for Jamestown, was quoted by the AP on Kurdish fighters and their will to fight the Islamic State.

Wladimir van Wilgenburg Quoted by Die Bild

Wladimir van Wilgenburg, an analyst of Iraqi and Kurdish politics for Jamestown, discussed the role that former Iraqi Baathists now play in the Islamic State for Bild.

Wladimir van Wilgenburg Quoted by AP

AP quoted Wladimir van Wilgenburg, an analyst of Kurdish affairs, on how Syrian Kurds, Turkey and the United States are interacting after victory at Kobane.

Bild Quoted Wladimir van Wilgenburg

Wladimir van Wilgenburg, an analyst of Kurdish politics for Jamestown, discussed the Islamic State's destruction of antiquities in a Mosul museum with Bild.

Wladimir van Wilgenburg Quoted by Newsweek

An analyst of Kurdish politics, Wladimir van Wilgenburg discussed the United States stationing search and rescue teams in Iraqi Kurdistan, irritating Baghdad, with Newsweek 

Die Bild Quotes Wladimir van Wilgenburg

German newspaper Die Bild discussed the Islamic State's defeat in Kobane and what that means for the terrorist group and the anti-Islamic State coalition with Wladimir van Wilgenburg.

Al-Jazeera Quoted Wladimir van Wilgenburg

Wladimir van Wilgenburg, an analyst of Kurdish politics for Jamestown, was quoted in an article on Kurdish leaders not being invited to a meeting on how to defeat the Islamic

Bild Quotes Wladimir van Wilgenburg

The likelihood of the Islamic State operating a TV station out of Mosul was discussed by Wladimir van Wilgenburg, an analyst of Kurdish affairs for Jamestown.

AP Quotes Wladimir van Wilgenburg

Wladimir van Wilgenburg, an analyst of Kurdish affairs for Jamestown, discussed the impact of U.S. and coalition airstrikes on the Kurdish defense of Kobane with AP.

Reuters Quoted Wladimir van Wilgenburg

Jamestown analyst Wladimir van Wilgenburg discussed the power-sharing deal that Syrian Kurds signed in order to better take advantage of international assistance 

Al-Jazeera Quotes Wladimir van Wilgenburg

Wladimir van Wilgenburg discussed the relationship between the Syrian Kurds, the PKK and the Turkish government with regards to the Islamic State organization's attacks on Kobane.

Wladimir van Wilgernburg quoted by La Vanguardia

La Vanguardia, a Spanish newspaper, quoted Wladimir van Wilgenburg, an analyst on Kurdish politics for Jamestown, on Kurdish unity in the wake of the Islamic State organization's siege of Kobane.

Wladimir van Wilgenburg quoted by NOW

Jamestown Foundation analyst Wladimir van Wilgenburg was quoted by NOW in an article about an offensive recently launched by the YPG in direct retaliation to ajoint ISIS-Jabhat al-Nusra suicide attack in al-Qahtaniyah, in

Duran Kalkan: The Turk Fighting for Kurdish Irredentism

The Partiya Karkerên Kurdistan (PKK – Kurdistan Workers Party) is a highly centralized organization guided by an almost cult-like worship of its imprisoned leader Abdullah Öcalan. There are however other individuals

Kurdish PKK Using PJAK to Isolate Turkey

The rising tension and provocative rhetoric surrounding Iran’s alleged pursuit of nuclear weapons are a matter of public record. Yet, are there other agendas being played out amidst the larger