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Kurdish Question and the 2003 Iraqi War

Mohammed M.A. Ahmed, Michael M. Gunter

Series: Bibliotheca Iranica: Kurdish Studies Series 5
Availability: In stock
Published: 2005
Page #: xvii + 284
Size: 6 x 9
ISBN: 1-56859-176-4
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The 2003 Iraqi war has heightened Kurdish nationalism not only in Iraqi Kurdistan, but also in Turkey, Iran, and Syria. Having enjoyed 13 years of self-government in the safe haven zone, which was created and protected by the United States, the Iraqi Kurds have embarked on an ambitious campaign to consolidate their political and economic gains.
The Kurds first sought safeguards from both the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA), led by the United States, and from the Iraqi Governing Council (IGC), and now the Interim Iraqi Government with a view to preventing the recurrence of past atrocities committed against them by successive Arab governments in Baghdad. The Kurdish campaign has faced stiff opposition from their neighbors to their demand for the creation of a federal, democratic, and secular system of government in Iraq. While the Arab opposition inside Iraq is fearful that the introduction of such a system might lead to the disintegration of the country, the neighboring countries claim that granting the Kurds greater freedom in Iraq will incite their own Kurdish populations to demand the same. This book presents a balanced analysis of the pros and cons regarding the Kurdish demands.

Contributors:David McDowall, Carole A. O‘Leary, Mohammed M.A. Ahmed, Michael Gunter, Hamit Bozarslan, Gulistan Gurbey, Hakan Yavuz, Robert Olson, Nader Entessar, Farideh Koohi-Kamali, Lokman I. Meho, Farah W. Kawtharani, David Fisher.

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Mohammed M.A. Ahmed

Dr. Mohammed M. A. Ahmed is the Executive Director and founder of the Ahmed Foundation for Kurdish Studies, a non-profit and non-partisan organization. He has published numerous articles, co-edited four books with Professor Michael Gunter, and authored two books: "The Kurds, Shiites and Sunni Arabs Compete for Supremacy” in Iraq and the “Iraqi Kurds and Nation-Building.” Dr. Ahmed has lectured at the University of Baghdad and worked for the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization, U.N. Economic and Social Commission for West Asia (ESCWA) in Beirut and the U.N. Department for Technical Cooperation in New York. He holds M.S. and PhD in Agricultural Economics.
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Michael M. Gunter

Michael M. Gunter is a professor of political science at Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville, Tennessee and teaches during the summers at the Megatrend International University Vienna in Austria. He also teaches for the U.S. government area studies program in Washington, D.C. He is the author of numerous critically praised scholarly books on the Kurdish question, the most recent being Kurdish Historical Dictionary, 2nd ed., 2011; “The Kurds Ascending: The Evolving Solution to the Kurdish Problem in Iraq and Turkey,” 2nd ed., 2011; “The Kurdish Predicament in Iraq: A Political Analysis,” 1999; and “The Kurds and the Future of Turkey,” 1997. In addition, he is the co-editor (with Mohammed M. A. Ahmed) of “The Kurdish Question and the 2003 Iraqi War”, (Mazda Publishers) 2005; and “The Evolution of Kurdish Nationalism,” (Mazda Publishers) 2007. He has also published several other scholarly books and more than 150 scholarly articles on the Kurds, Turkey, Armenians, numerous other topics dealing with the Middle East, United Nations, and other topics in such leading periodicals as the Middle East Journal, Middle East Quarterly, Middle East Policy, Current History, Middle East Critique, Foreignpolicy.com, Third World Quarterly, Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs, Orient, Insight Turkey, Worth (Robb Report), American Journal of International Law, World Affairs, Orbis, and International Organization, among others. In addition, he was a Senior Fulbright Lecturer in International Relations in Turkey. He also has held Fulbright awards for China and Israel. Currently he is the secretary-general of the EU Turkey Civic Commission, an NGO working within the European Union Parliament to promote further democratization in Turkey to facilitate its accession to the EU. He has been interviewed about the Kurdish question and the Middle East on numerous occasions by the international and national press.

Ch. 1 Political prospects of the Kurds in the Middle East
Ch. 2 Are the Kurds a source of instability in the Middle East?
Ch. 3 The political fallout of ethnic cleansing in Iraqi Kurdistan
Ch. 4 Kurdish prospects in post-Saddam Iraq
Ch. 5 Turkey and Kurdistan-Iraq relations : the consolidation of Iraqi Kurdish nationalism : 2003-2004 Ch. 6 The Kurdish issue in Turkey following the 2003 Iraqi War
Ch. 7 Implications of Turkey's constitutional reforms for the Kurds
Ch. 8 Turkey's Kurdish-centered Iraqi policy
Ch. 9 The impact of the Iraq War on the future of the Kurds in Iran
Ch. 10 Obstacles hindering the Kurdish question in Iran
Ch. 11 Durable solution for the internally displaced Iraqi Kurds : legal and practical considerations
Ch. 12 The Kurdish community in Lebanon and their future prospects
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