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    Geographic Advantages, Disadvantages, and Natural Resources of Iraqi Kurdistan The purpose of this research is to identify the distinct geographic advantages and disadvantages Iraqi Kurdistan currently possess in order to develop strategies for resource sharing, stability, governance and regional stability to a unified Iraq. The primary focus of selecting key geographic advantages and disadvantages is to have the ability to apply one or all of the lessons learned to effect change in Iraq and the region. The desired end state is Middle East regional stability achieved by focusing the U.S. diplomatic, information, military, economic, financial, intelligence and law enforcement (DIMEFIL) elements of national power to bear on the region with the…

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    Imagine a small, yet strong group of people living in mountainous regions in the Middle East. For centuries, these people have developed their own culture and identity. Yet, they are not acknowledged as their own sovereign and the nation that lays claim to them viciously persecutes them. For the Kurdish people of northern Iraq, the disdain of their neighbors has plagued them for centuries. On March 16, 1988, Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein ordered a series of chemical attacks on the Kurdish…

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    Friedman argues that, “the great achievement of capitalism,” unlike what its critics claim, has not been “accumulation of property” but instead “the opportunities it has offered to men and women to extend and develop and improve their capacities” (Friedman, 2002: 169). Neoliberal advocates at the World Bank who draw from Friedman’s promises of freedom of choice and progress, have developed a promising “all inclusive” Kurdistan Vision 2020. They too argue their vision is for the greater good of…

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    sectarian differences had come to a head after subsequent battles between the great empires in the Middle East and Islamic movements in response to European colonial exposure. The Naqshbandi Order’s popularity in Kurdistan is a testament to these factors. For instance, Shaykh Khalid, the 19th century Kurdish Naqshbandi shaykh responsible…

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    Story Analysis: Frishta

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    to survive the chemical attack on Halabja in 1988. On a hot august day in 2016, I accompanied Frishta and another mutual friend for a drive around the city. She asked our friend to pull over for what came to be a very long smoke break. We sat in a small green lawn in front of a crowded four-intersection traffic light. It was a very unusual place for two women and a man to sit but Frishta remains steadfast to her ways and decisions. During her long smoke break, Frishta informed us about another…

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    Autonomy And Autonomy

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    He too mentions oil exports from the Kurdistan region but relates Anti Kurd-Iraqi Oil Minister Hussain al -Shahristani approved of the pipelines, (Gunter 2011, 1626-1627). Thus, Gunter would disagree with Stansfield, in that it was more national than international issues, which caused prevention of a Kurdish state. A major issue for the Kurds was the enforcement of both the Iraqi Constitution and Federalism. Gunter points out, while the Kurds initially had a majority of the seats in their region…

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    Indeed, it can be explained that Kurdish feudalism played a major role in promoting the notion and taking over the leadership in Kurdistan. Even though the Kurds did group themselves in various political societies during the later parts of the 19th century and in early 20th century, it was in December 1918 that the groupings of the Kurds turned political and started demanding independence through the Socialist Party of Kurdistan (SPK). Nevertheless, the feudalist aspirations of the leadership…

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    Whether by exposure to particular Islamic nations or attempting to establish their own nation, Islam is intricately tied to the ethnic identity of the Kurds. In fact, Martin van Bruinessen notes from his field research in Kurdistan during the 1970s that many pious Muslim Kurds do not acknowledge their fellow Yezidi and Alevi Kurds as truly Kurdish (Mullas 53). Islam to them was essential to the Kurdish identity. Likewise, he notes that the Yezidis and Alevis have often seen themselves as…

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    Everyday narratives: Living in uncertainty in Suleimani This chapter focuses on ethnographic vignettes from ordinary people from the city of Suleimani, Kurdistan. I specifically analyse narratives highlighting living under uncertainty, as part of the bigger theme of everyday politicizing narratives addressed in my thesis. The everyday narratives have resulted from intermittent fieldwork conducted in 2015 and 2016, supplemented by previous reflections and encounters from 2011 in the city of…

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    According to Bacik and Coskun (2011), although PKK have not achieved to secure an independent Kurdistan, it has achieved multiple successes. Over the three decades, it has emerged as the most prospective actor which is logistically powerful and symbolically potent representative of Kurds people in Turkey. The PKK in Iraq is a small unit which stays outside the Iraqi politics and controls its own territory (Bloomberg View 2014). It is reported that the PKK is playing role in combatting the…

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