Northern Iraq and its Neighbors: The regional dimension of the Kurdish question

Author
Ole Frahm
Content Type
Journal Article
Journal
Insight Turkey
Volume
9
Issue Number
1
Publication Date
January - March 2007
Institution
SETA Foundation for Political, Economic and Social Research
Abstract
Northern Iraq has seen ethnic mobilization and violent political conflict since the creation of the current state system in the interwar period. Throughout this period, Iraq's Kurds have rejected attempts of various governments to assimilate and absorb them into their pan-Arab ideologies. The underlying fear on behalf of Turkey's government is that an independent Kurdistan would have an osmotic effect and automatically strengthen irredentist and pan-Kurdish segments and sentiments among Turkish Kurds and in a worst case scenario lead to a renewed intra-state conflict between separatists and the state on the scale of the early 1990s.
Topic
War
Political Geography
Iraq, Turkey