Gayle Tzemach Lemmon,

Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

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Past articles by gayle:

These Women Fought For Afghanistan’s Future. Now They Don't Want to Leave It Behind

As interpreters who supported the U.S. in Afghanistan are evacuated, what will happen to the women who fought for the country's future? → Read More

Gayle Tzemach Lemmon: America’s partner in the ISIS fight, now desperately seeking clarity

The ghost of the 2003 Iraq war has haunted every decision that the United States has made on the Syrian civil war, which this week marked its tenth anniversary. Iraq’s memory also shaped America’s efforts to defeat ISIS. → Read More

America Needs to Take Charge of the ISIS Aftermath

Two years after the fall of the caliphate, the world should not leave this to the SDF. → Read More

Why I Wrote “The Daughters of Kobani”

Every great story starts with an unanswerable question. The question I set out to answer with the book The Daughters of Kobani: How on earth did one of the most far-reaching experiments in women’s… → Read More

The Women Who Fought to Defend Their Homes Against ISIS

A new book details the incredible story of the Women's Protection Units in Syria who fought back against ISIS. → Read More

The Behind-the-Scenes Story of the Women Who Took on ISIS and Won

Gayle Tzemach Lemmon takes us on the reporting trail for her new book, The Daughters of Kobani. → Read More


Opinion: America can't stay in Afghanistan forever, but it matters how we leave

As President Trump seeks to draw down US troops from Afghanistan and Iraq, some have argued the decision is about bringing an end to America's endless wars. But the real issue is how to create enduring stability. Now is an important time to talk not about endless war, but rather about lasting peace. → Read More


Opinion: When my mother was sick, Alex Trebek led us out of heartbreak

Following Alex Trebek's passing, Gayle Lemmon reflects the early days of the 'Jeopardy!' host's tenure -- and the ways it offered her family comfort and respite while her mother was in the hospital battling terminal breast cancer. → Read More


Covid-19's threat to European unity

Gayle Tzemach Lemmon writes that the pandemic may present the biggest risk to the political project of European unity. It is up to Europe's leaders and their citizens to decide how much sacrifice they are willing to make collectively in this moment of nation-first sentiment to save it. → Read More

Gayle Tzemach Lemmon: 'Little Women' is an Oscar contender — can it make men care about stories featuring women?

For centuries, female-centered narratives and experiences have been seen as lacking in significance and universality. This is changing — slowly. → Read More

The Mothers Who Fled the Turkish Incursion

Attacks by Turkish-backed forces shattered a hard-won pseudo-normalcy for Syrian women who had lived under ISIS. → Read More

Syrian Women Helped Find Baghdadi, Beat ISIS, Will Face ‘Tough Time’ Ahead, Leader Says

'We will continue our resistance and our struggle,' says the head of the all-women’s YPJ, in a rare interview. → Read More

Top SDF Commander: Turkey Blocking Kurds’ Retreat; Urges Trump to ‘Stop This War’

“I am asking President Trump right now to fulfill his promise to us and stop this war,” Mazlum Abdi told Defense One by phone. → Read More

Exclusive: The Syrian Democratic Forces Chief Just Called Me. Here’s What He Said.

“This is going to jeopardize all the achievements we have made with the coalition against ISIS,” said the top SDF commander Mazlum Abdi. It’s up to Americans, now. → Read More

ISIS Is Not Defeated. Pulling US Troops From Syria Would Jeopardize Everything

I just returned from my fifth trip to Northeast Syria in 18 months. If Trump quits now, there are four winners: ISIS, Assad, Russia, and Iran. → Read More


Nobel Peace Prize winners prove survivor stories matter

Awarding the Nobel Peace Prize to Dr. Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad says one thing: survivor stories matter, Gayle Lemmon writes. But beyond prestigious awards, we should continue their work and call for perpetrators of sexual violence to be held accountable. → Read More


Now's the time to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment

The ERA is no longer MIA, Gayle Lemmon writes. Buoyed by the #MeToo movement and a body politic filled with women energized about making their constitutional equality a reality, support for the ERA has seen a revival in the last two years. Congress passed the ERA in 1972, but it fell short of the 38 states necessary for ratification. → Read More


What Utah Mayor, Brent Taylor--slain in Afghanistan--wanted for America (opinion)

The life and death of North Ogden, Utah, Mayor Brent Taylor, known as Major Brent Taylor in Afghanistan, reminds us of the unifying ideals behind the idea of America, the preciousness of our right to vote and the selfless grace that underlies true service, writes Gayle Lemmon. → Read More


Khashoggi's death has rekindled the public's belief in the power of outrage

Jamal Khashoggi's death reminds the world of what sustained attention can create: a revisiting of norms, a redoubling of effort and a girding of determination to do better and do more to protect the vulnerable, Gayle Lemmon writes. → Read More


Idlib catastrophe can be prevented

Gayle Tzemach Lemmon writes that the Russia-Turkey deal to stave off the Idlib offensive shows what might be possible when US public and private diplomacy is at work. → Read More