Isabel Käser is a PhD candidate at the Center for Gender Studies at the School of Oriental and Africa Studies, London. The topic of her thesis is the Kurdish women’s movement in Rojava, the de facto autonomous region formally established in northern Syria in January 2014 by the Movement for a Democratic Society, a coalition dominated by the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD). Käser was in Beirut to attend a Carnegie panel titled A New Age for Female Militancy in the Middle East, held in late April. Diwan took advantage of her presence to discuss her research.