Susan Meiselas is an award-winning photographer and a member of the Magnum Photos agency. Among her many publications are Carnival Strippers; Nicaragua, June 1978 to July 1979; El Salvador: The Work of Thirty Photographers; Encounters with the Dani; and Pandora’s Box. She was awarded the Robert Capa Gold Medal and was named a MacArthur Fellow. Martin van Bruinessen is an anthropologist who has been involved with the Kurds for over three decades. He is the author of Agha, Shaikh and State: The Social and Political Structures of Kurdistan, and is currently a professor at the International Institute for the Study of Islam in the Modern World (ISIM) and at Utrecht University in the Netherlands.