The Kurdish Question and US-Turkish Relations in a Changing Middle East

Author
Jeffrey Mankoff, Müjge Küçükkeleş
Content Type
Policy Brief
Institution
Atlantic Council
Abstract
Growing disorder throughout the Middle East has created the possibility for major changes to the status of Kurdish minorities in Iraq, Syria, and Turkey. Turkey's handling of its Kurdish population and its relations with Kurdish groups throughout the region are creating new challenges for US foreign policy and US-Turkish relations. US policy toward the Kurds remains subordinate to wider regional security interests. Officially, the United States does not support the establishment of an independent Kurdish state. In practice, however, US policy is often inconsistent: the United States backs Kurdish groups in some states while opposing them in others.
Topic
Foreign Policy, Ethnic Government, Bilateral Relations
Political Geography
United States, Iraq, Turkey, Middle East, Syria, North America, Kurdistan