The Kurds in a Volatile Middle East

Prof. Ofra Bengio has published a paper through the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies, where she examines the possibilities of an independent Kurdish state.

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?