Iraqi Kurds and Nation-Building

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This book focuses attention on how the Kurds built the main pillars of a quasi-democratic autonomous federal entity in northern Iraq (Southern Kurdistan), despite considerable internal and external challenges. Shining a light on how Iraqi Kurds used the opportunity created by the aftermath of the 1991 Kurdish uprising to hold elections and form a parliament, and on how Kurdish officials later consolidated their regional government following the 2003 Iraq War, Iraqi Kurds and Nation-Building considers the ...

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Overview

This book focuses attention on how the Kurds built the main pillars of a quasi-democratic autonomous federal entity in northern Iraq (Southern Kurdistan), despite considerable internal and external challenges. Shining a light on how Iraqi Kurds used the opportunity created by the aftermath of the 1991 Kurdish uprising to hold elections and form a parliament, and on how Kurdish officials later consolidated their regional government following the 2003 Iraq War, Iraqi Kurds and Nation-Building considers the political and economic shortfalls of the government and the obstacles facing Iraqi Kurds in a country still struggling to emerge from nine years of internal conflict and foreign occupation.

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"Mohammed Ahmed's Iraqi Kurds and Nation-Building offers readers a detailed account-ing of the key issues facing Iraqi Kurdistan today. . . Readers with an interest in the Kurds or Iraq . . . will find a wealth of very up to date material with extensive details on developments of the last few years.' – Kurdish Studies

"Analyzing how the Iraqi Kurds have apparently succeeded in constructing a quasi-independent and largely democratic federal entity in northern Iraq—the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG)—despite powerful external opposition, this is a timely and original book written by a scholar with unique abilities." - Michael M. Gunter, Professor of Political Science, Tennessee Technological University

"Mohammed M. A. Ahmed is one of the few scholars with all of the necessary linguistic abilities, scholarly capabilities, sound analysis, good judgment, and political wisdom to unravel the closely interfacing politics, problems, and challenges that await the Kurds of northern Iraq and their leaders." - Robert Olson, Professor emeritus of Middle East History and Politics, University of Kentucky

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781137034076
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 9/18/2012
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Mohammed M. A. Ahmed is the president and founder of the Ahmed Foundation for Kurdish Studies, a nonprofit and nonpartisan organization, which undertakes scholarly studies pertaining to Kurdish history, culture, and politics in the Middle East. As a former UN advisor, he has represented the UN in numerous regional and international conferences and presented papers dealing with food security, desertification, environmental protection, immigration, refugees, minority rights, poverty alleviation, health care, education, and technology. He is the author of America Unravels Iraq: Kurds, Shiites, and Sunni Arabs Compete for Supremacy and co-editor of The Evolution of Kurdish Nationalism and The Kurdish Question and International Law.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Foreword xi

List of Abbreviations xvii

Map xix

Introduction 1

1 Emergence of Kurdistan Regional Government 7

2 Kurdish Leadership Style and Internal Disputes 29

3 Political and Diplomatic Evolution 47

4 Regional Economic Development and its Negative Fallout 67

5 Evolving Ties with the United States and Europe 85

6 Democracy or Lack of It 107

7 Peshmarga and Disputed Kurdish Territories 119

8 Military Standoff in Disputed Areas 143

9 Resistance to Ankara's Pressure to Fight the PKK 157

10 Shift in Turkey's Narrative toward Iraqi Kurds 175

11 Future Prospects of the KRG 195

Notes 213

Bibliography 257

Index 265

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