Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

"The Kurds and the Role of Kurdistan Region in Developing Iraq" Where are Iraq and the Iraqi Kurds heading?
by Anonymous, Student Author, M.A., The American University of Paris (France), 2009, 85; 10305765
Abstract (Summary)

Iraq remains one of the hot topics in world politics today and probably more so in the coming decades, with its Kurds as an ever-evolving puzzle of the country’s domestic stability and regional conflict.

In modern history, the Kurds’ resistance to “occupiers” of their region became more evident with the collapse of the Ottoman Empire, following which they were promised their independence. Due to reasons explained in Chapter One—with energy and oil being some of these reasons—this independence, however, led to nothing but fading ink on dusty paper.

Since the Kurds were only partially assimilated into their host states, they were treated as though they had a status apart from the host state, yet the host state denied Kurdish efforts to achieve self-determination. In some cases, the host state denied the very existence of the Kurdish culture. This created an ambiguous situation in which Kurds variously saw themselves as nationals of their host states or as Kurds or as both. For the purpose of this thesis, attention will be given mainly to Iraqi Kurds and their struggle for the right to self-determination which they were finally able to achieve following the Gulf War in early 1990s, leading to the establishment of a regional Kurdish government in Northern Iraq (explained in Chapter Two).

Chapter Three will focus on what some of the ways to mediate such disputes may be, including the introduction of renewable energy such as wind and solar energy. It will demonstrate how Iraq can take advantage of wind and solar energy as alternative means to oil, by which the country’s economy can diversify, and the security situation and ecological conditions can improve. This thesis will further focus on some of the potential challenges in Iraq that may surface in the future, and whether the Kurds can play a role in stabilising the country by remaining part of it, and if so, what may be some of the responsibilities of the Arabs of Iraq in order to provide the required incentives to the Kurds for Kurdistan Region to remain “Iraqi.”

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Gardner, Hall
Commitee: Maila, Joseph
School: The American University of Paris (France)
Department: International Affairs, Conflict Resolution, and Civil Society Development (AUP)Sociologie des Conflits et Securite Internationale (ICP)
School Location: France
Source: MAI 56/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Alternative Energy, Middle Eastern Studies, Energy
Keywords: Iraq, Kurds, Renewable energy, Self-determination
Publication Number: 10305765
ISBN: 9781369493290
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