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The Kurdish Political Studies Program (KPSP), hosted at the Department of Political Science, is the first academic program dedicated to the study of politics of Kurds and Kurdistan in the United States. The KSPS promotes academic studies and public awareness of Kurdish politics, organizes events addressing contemporary issues affecting Kurdish people, facilitates exchanges and collaborations between UCF and Kurdish universities, and develops curriculum focusing on themes related to the Kurdish experience. The KPSP also closely collaborates with UCF Global Perspectives and is integrated with the Security Studies doctoral program.

The KSPS is also the home of the Jalal Talabani Endowed Chair of Kurdish Political Studies, the only such position in the country, which was inaugurated on October 29, 2015. The Endowed Chair was established by a donation led by Najmaldin Karim, M.D., a neurosurgeon, who is also the Governor of Kirkuk, Republic of Iraq and president of the Washington Kurdish Institute.Güneş Murat Tezcür, Ph.D. is the current holder of the Chair. The mission of the Chair includes teaching, research and scholarly pursuits centering on Kurdish Political Studies, and further developing recognized excellence in that field. It also facilitates fellowships, distinguished visitors, public forums, courses, workshops and other offerings that objectively present and discuss policies and conditions affecting the security, peace and democratic governance of the Kurdish people, including episodes of mass violence such as the Anfal genocide