The Kurdish Predicament in Iraq: A Political Analysis

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In May of 1992, the Iraqi Kurds held democratic elections which led to the formation of a Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in which power was equally shared by Massoud Barzani’s Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and Jalal Talabani’s Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK). During that same summer, the Iraqi Kurds also played a major role in the creation of an umbrella Iraqi opposition organization, the Iraqi National Congress (INC), whose professed goal was the creation of a democratic and federal post-Saddam Iraq ...

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In May of 1992, the Iraqi Kurds held democratic elections which led to the formation of a Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in which power was equally shared by Massoud Barzani’s Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and Jalal Talabani’s Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK). During that same summer, the Iraqi Kurds also played a major role in the creation of an umbrella Iraqi opposition organization, the Iraqi National Congress (INC), whose professed goal was the creation of a democratic and federal post-Saddam Iraq in which the Kurdish problem would at last be solved. Jawar Namiq Salim, the speaker of the Kurdish Parliament, said that a special human rights committee in parliament was not necessary, because the entire legislative body would now serve as a human rights committee. Six turbulent years later, Michael Gunter looks at why everything went so horribly wrong. The Kurdish Predicament in Iraq is a political analysis of events in Iraq since 1992 based on the author’s extensive travels in Kurdistan and interviews with Kurdish participants. The book examines the personalities of Barzani and Talabani, the Iraqi opposition to Saddam, in which the Kurds were a leading force, the continuing Iraqi Kurdistan civil war which began in May 1994, and the resulting power vacuum in Iraqi Kurdistan. Gunter provides an objective analysis, with the hope that it will lead to a better understanding of both the continuing tragedy in Iraqi Kurdistan and the chances that exist for renewed hope.

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Offers a political analysis of events in Iraq since 1992, based on the author's travels in Kurdistan and interviews with Kurds who participated in the government. Examines the personalities of two key figures in the Iraqi opposition to Saddam, the continuing Iraqi Kurdistan civil war that began in May 1994, and the resulting power vacuum in Iraqi Kurdistan. Attempts to offer a better understanding of both the continuing tragedy in Iraqi Kurdistan and the chances that exist for renewed hope. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknew.com)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780312218966
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 3/28/1999
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 5.76 (w) x 8.57 (h) x 0.93 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael M. Gunter is Professor of Political Science at Tennessee Technological University and author of The Kurds and the Future of Turkey, The Kurds of Iraq, and The Kurds in Turkey.

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Table of Contents

Map
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Ch. 1 The Past as Prologue 1
Ch. 2 Barzani and Talabani 11
Ch. 3 The Iraqi Opposition 33
Ch. 4 The KDP-PUK Civil War 67
Ch. 5 Power Vacuum 111
Ch. 6 Prospects 127
Notes 137
Selected Bibliography 164
Index 176
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