The Kurdish Liberation Movement in Iraq: From Insurgency to Statehood

The Kurdish Liberation Movement in Iraq: From Insurgency to Statehood

by Yaniv Voller

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Overview

Investigating the transformation of the Kurdish liberation movement in Iraq this book explores its development from an armed guerrilla movement, engaged in a war for liberation with the government in Baghdad, into the government of a de facto Kurdish state known as the Kurdistan Regional Government.

The book seeks to better explain the nature and evolution of the Kurdish liberation struggle in Iraq, which has had important implications over regional geopolitics. Despite attracting growing international attention, the struggle remains understudied. By applying the theoretical framework of de facto statehood to the post-1991 Kurdish liberation movement, the book offers a new approach to understanding the struggle, with a thorough empirical investigation informed by International Relations theory.

Identifying international legitimacy, interaction and identity as significant themes in the politics of de facto states and important variables shaping the evolution and policies of these actors, at both the domestic and international levels, this book will be of interest to students and researchers of International Relations, Middle East Politics and Political Science.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781134590964
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 09/04/2014
Series: Routledge Studies in Middle Eastern Politics
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 176
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Yaniv Voller is a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow in the Politics and International Relations Department at the University of Edinburgh. He has conducted and published studies on various aspects of the international politics of the Middle East, including secession, political reforms and gendered-violence.

Table of Contents

1 Introduction 2 Understanding De Facto States 3 The Rise of the Kurdish Liberation Movement in Iraq 4 From a Minority to a De Facto State 5 The Second Decade of Autonomy 6 State-building in the KRG 7 Conclusion

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