As this journal enters its tenth year, some major changes are taking place in the editorial team. Welat Zeydanlıoğlu, who had first founded the Kurdish Studies Network and moderated its helpful mailing list and then took the initiative to establish this journal in collaboration with our publisher Ibrahim Sirkeci, has announced that he wishes to retire from the position of managing editor. For the past nine years, Welat has given much of his time and energy to the journal, and it is understandable that he wishes to move on now to something else, but we shall certainly miss him. It has been largely due to Welat’s efforts (and his confidence that he could persuade scholars to publish their work in this journal) that Kurdish Studies has managed to stick to a strict schedule of publication, with new issues coming out each spring and autumn, as well as maintaining standards of academic quality. An interview with Welat in this issue (by Marlene Schäfers) documents the role the network and journal have played in the development of Kurdish studies as a coherent field of studies and in stimulating communication between scholars of many different backgrounds.
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