Interview with Resident Senior Fellow Haidar Khezri, Ph.D.

I had the honor to interview Dr. Haidar Khezri, who is joining the Kurdish Political Studies Program (KPSP) as Resident Senior Fellow at the University of Central Florida. Haidar will work closely with us researchers at KPSP. Born in Iranian Kurdistan, Haidar holds a Ph.D. in comparative literature from Damascus University in Syria, and a M.A. in comparative literature from Tarbiat Modares University in Tehran, Iran. He is a scholar of Kurdish, Persian and Arabic languages, literatures and cultures and comparative literature. During his time at UCF he will be working on a book project on Yazidi women that have been captured by the Islamic State (ISIS).

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Runner-Up 2018 FPSA Best Graduate Paper Award

My paper “Potential Nuclear Proliferators: Determinants of Nuclear Capability Among Latent Countries,” presented at the Annual Conference of the Florida Political Science Association (FPSA) in Fort Myers in March 2018, was selected as runner-up in the Best Graduate Paper Award category. Sandor Fabian, also a PhD student, was selected as winner of the award ($250) with his paper “Why does David sometimes defeat Goliath? The effects of military culture on the outcome of asymmetric wars.” Congratulations, Sandor.