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Conflict, Democratization, and the Kurds in the Middle East

Turkey, Iran, Iraq, and Syria

Authors: Romano, David, Gurses, Mehmet

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In Turkey, Iran, Iraq, and Syria, central governments historically pursued mono-nationalist ideologies and repressed Kurdish identity. As evidenced by much unrest and a great many Kurdish revolts in all these states since the 1920s, however, the Kurds manifested strong resistance towards ethnic chauvinism. What sorts of authoritarian state policies have Turkey, Iraq, Iran and Syria relied on to contain the Kurds over the years? Can meaningful democratization and liberalization in any of these states occur without a fundamental change vis-à-vis their Kurdish minorities? To what extent does the Kurdish issue function as both a barrier and key to democratization in four of the most important states of the Middle East? While many commentators on the Middle East stress the importance of resolving the Arab-Israeli dispute for achieving 'peace in the Middle East,' this book asks whether or not the often overlooked Kurdish issue may constitute a more important fulcrum for change in the region, especially in light of the 'Arab Spring' and recent changes in Turkey, Iraq, Iran and Syria.

About the authors

David Romano, Missouri State University, USA Mehmet Gurses, Florida Atlantic University, USA Ofra Bengio, Tel Aviv University, Israel John A. Booth, University of North Texas, USA Nader Entessar, University of South Alabama, USA Michael M. Gunter. Tennessee Technological University, USA Robert Lowe, London School of Economics, UK David T. Mason, Castleberry Peace Institute, USA Eva Savelsberg, European Center for Kurdish Studies (ECKS), Germany Gareth Stansfield, University of Exeter, UK Güne? Murat Tezcür, Loyola University Chicago, USA Nicole F. Watts, San Francisco State Universitym, USA Ozum Yesiltas, Florida International University, USA

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'Leading experts on contemporary Kurdish affairs bring us up to date on the prospects for democracy and peace for Kurds and the states in which they principally reside. With sensitivity to the cultures and histories of the Middle East, essays closely analyze developments inside each country and in transnational Kurdish interactions. Truly comparative and theoretically informed by the larger scholarly literature, this collection is a valuable resource for scholars interested in comparative ethnic politics, nationalism and self-determination, democratization, civil war, and civil peace.'

- Philip G. Roeder, University of California, USA


Table of contents (14 chapters)

  • Introduction: The Kurds as Barrier or Key to Democratization

    Romano, David (et al.)

    Pages 1-14

  • Turkey, Kemalism, and the “Deep State”

    Gunter, Michael M.

    Pages 17-39

  • Iraq, Arab Nationalism, and Obstacles to Democratic Transition

    Yesiltas, Ozum

    Pages 41-57

  • Kurds, Persian Nationalism, and Shi’i Rule: Surviving Dominant Nationhood in Iran

    Stansfield, Gareth

    Pages 59-84

  • The Syrian-Kurdish Movements: Obstacles Rather Than Driving Forces for Democratization

    Savelsberg, Eva

    Pages 85-107

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Conflict, Democratization, and the Kurds in the Middle East
Book Subtitle
Turkey, Iran, Iraq, and Syria
Authors
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc.
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-40999-7
DOI
10.1057/9781137409997
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-40998-0
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-48887-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 322
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