Kelly Berkell

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Kelly A. Berkell is an attorney and fellow at the Center on Terrorism at John Jay College. A graduate of NYU School of Law, Kelly practiced securities litigation before moving into the public sector. Most recently, she served as a fellow at Fordham Law School's Center on National Security.

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The Case for Delisting the PKK as a Foreign Terrorist Organization

Removing the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) from the State Department’s list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations (FTOs) would create conditions for greater security cooperation between the United States and the PKK in the fight against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). In exchange for delisting, the PKK could be required to reiterate its rejection of ISIS, pledge to further support the campaign to degrade and destroy the terror group, and officially renounce violence aimed at achieving political objectives.