The Kurds challenge the self-perceptions of the nation-states in which they reside: Turkey, Iran, Syria and Iraq; and they have played a crucial role in combatting the Islamic State. This study analyzes the rivalry and interdependence among the four parts of Kurdistan as well as the dynamics of their relations with regional countries and the international community. With the entire region in a state of flux, will the Kurds fulfill their dream for a state or autonomous existence of their own?

Kurdish flag. Credit: Jan Sefti, Flickr. CC by SA 2.0
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Kurdish flag. Credit: Jan Sefti, Flickr. (CC by SA 2.0).