August 26, 2012

The Rise of Independent Kurdistan?

Adam Garfinkle, The American Interest

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There is a natural debate going on right now among the KRG leadership. On the one hand, these men know how risky a declaration of formal independence would be, especially if they do not have the prior endorsement of the United States, the European Union, and Turkey. Without such protection, Kurds outside Iraq could come under intolerable pressures and pain. Losing their Turkish lifeline would be especially harmful, and while the Turks are playing the game now in a way that helps the KRG, it’s by no means clear that the Turks can tolerate such a bold new step.

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TAGGED: Iraq, Iran, Turkey, Syria, Kurdistan, Kurds

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