Center for Strategic Research (CSR)
Areas of Expertise: Middle East; Iraq; Kurdistan Region; Post-Conflict Relief & Reconstruction
Phone: (202) 685-2249
Dr. Denise Natali holds the Minerva Chair at the Institute for National Strategic Studies, National Defense University (NDU), where she focuses on the political economy of Iraqi federalism and regional energy sector politics.
Dr. Natali has lived and researched extensively in the Kurdish regions of Iraq, Turkey, Iran, and Syria, and authored numerous publications on Kurdish politics, economy, and identity, including The Kurdish Quasi-State: Development and Dependency in Post-Gulf War Iraq (Syracuse University Press, 2010) and The Kurds and the State: Evolving National Identity in Iraq, Turkey and Iran (Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 2005), which received the 2006 Choice Award for Outstanding Academic Title (Trans to Turkish as Kurtler ve Devlet: Iraq, Turkiye ve Iran’da Ulusal Kimligin Gelismesi (Istanbul: Avesta Press, 2009).
Dr. Natali also specializes in post-conflict state-building, having worked for INGOs and the US Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance in Peshawar, Pakistan and post-Gulf War Iraqi Kurdistan respectively.
She received a Ph.D in political science at the University of Pennsylvania and a Master of International Affairs (MIA) at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. She speaks French, Kurdish and conversational Farsi.
“Kurdish Concessions in Baghdad.” Foreign Policy Magazine
“Are the Kurds Still Kingmakers in Iraq?” Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
“Election Imbroglio in Iraqi Kurdistan.” Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
“The Kurds and the State: Evolving National Identity in Iraq, Turkey, and Iran.” Syracuse University Press
“The Kurdish Quasi-State Development and Dependency in Post–Gulf War Iraq.” Syracuse University Press
Interview of Denise Natali on Kurdish Issues – Voice of America News