Results for Tag: Kurdistan

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Masoud Barzani: The Kurdish Icarus

In 2016, Barzani announced that once the Kurds had their own state he would step down. Riding high after the defeat of IS in Iraq’s cities, he made his move in 2017. Calling a referendum that he hoped would pave the way for an independent state, he ramped up pro-Kurdish rhetoric at home, incurring the wrath of nervous neighbours as well as long-term allies. While he went ahead with the vote and won a landslide victory at the polls, retribution soon followed. His ambition on behalf of the Kurdish people has ultimately led to his downfall, with the Kurdish project in its worst position for years.

Can Iraqi Kurdistan Survive Itself?

The KRG has continued to grow in stature and international standing, even as ISIS has harassed its borders and threatened its very existence. But the greatest threat to a prosperous future remains an internal one. The demon of internecine strife has not disappeared and, while the fault lines of Kurdish politics continue to undercut the region’s potential, any talk of truly stable and steady progress remains just that: talk.

Can Iraqi Kurdistan Survive Itself?

The KRG has continued to grow in stature and international standing, even as ISIS has harassed its borders and threatened its very existence. But the greatest threat to a prosperous future remains an internal one. The demon of internecine strife has not disappeared and, while the fault lines of Kurdish politics continue to undercut the region’s potential, any talk of truly stable and steady progress remains just that: talk.

Kurds in Iran: Waiting for Change Through Existing Channels

Kurds in Iran are still waiting for recognition of their very identity. The Kurds seem trapped in a system that discriminates strongly against them. Several web sites that publish news from Iranian Kurdistan have reported that the peshmerga (fighters) of one of the Iranian Kurdish parties, the KDP-I, have returned to Iran, suggesting the armed struggle might gain ground.

Syrian Kurds, Excluded from Peace Talks, Take Future into Their Own Hands

The Kurds in Syria declared a “federal democratic system” in the areas they control in northeastern and northwestern Syria. They consider the system a model for the whole of Syria, not just for the Kurdish regions, but the Syrian government and much of the opposition are afraid it will lead to Syria’s breakup. Rojava (or West Kurdistan), as the Kurds call their Syrian lands consists of three kantons: Jazira, Kobani and Afrin.

Kurds in Iran: Waiting for Change Through Existing Channels

Kurds in Iran are still waiting for recognition of their very identity. The Kurds seem trapped in a system that discriminates strongly against them. Several web sites that publish news from Iranian Kurdistan have reported that the peshmerga (fighters) of one of the Iranian Kurdish parties, the KDP-I, have returned to Iran, suggesting the armed struggle might gain ground.

Syrian Kurds, Excluded from Peace Talks, Take Future into Their Own Hands

The Kurds in Syria declared a “federal democratic system” in the areas they control in northeastern and northwestern Syria. They consider the system a model for the whole of Syria, not just for the Kurdish regions, but the Syrian government and much of the opposition are afraid it will lead to Syria’s breakup. Rojava (or West Kurdistan), as the Kurds call their Syrian lands consists of three kantons: Jazira, Kobani and Afrin.