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Palgrave Macmillan

Iraqi Kurds and Nation-Building

ISBN 9781137034090
Publication Date September 2012
Formats Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) Hardcover 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan

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 eight years of internal conflict and foreign occupation.

Mohammed M. A. Ahmed is the president of the Ahmed Foundation for Kurdish Studies.

Emergence of Kurdistan Regional Government
Kurdish Leadership Style and Internal Disputes
Political and Diplomatic Evolution
Regional Economic Development and Its Negative Fallout
Evolving Ties with the US and Europe
Democracy or Lack of It
Peshmarga and Disputed Kurdish Territories
Military Standoff in Disputed Areas
Resistance to Ankara's Pressure to Fight the PKK
Shift in Turkey's Narrative Toward Iraqi Kurds
Future Prospects of KRG


"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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