The feasibility of an independent Kurdish State in Iraq

dc.contributor.advisorEl-Kikhia, Mansour
dc.contributor.authorBarzani, Niyaz
dc.contributor.committeeMemberStefanova, Boyka
dc.contributor.committeeMemberGundlupet, Vaidya
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dc.description.abstractThe literature on the case of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq focuses mainly on the historical aspect of the Kurds' struggle against successive Iraqi regimes. The literature lacks a solid theoretical and analytical framework for examining the feasibility of an independent Kurdish State in Iraq. The main objective of this study is to provide the necessary theoretical and analytical framework for the Kurdish case in Iraq. This paper focuses on two main issues: the right of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq to become independent, and the feasibility of achieving independence. Regarding the right of independence, this study examines the case of Kurdistan Region of Iraq in light of moral theories of secession, theories of self-determination, and theories of recognition in international law. Regarding the feasibility of such a state, this study critically analyzes the internal and external (geopolitical) dimensions surrounding the KRI. It concludes that, theoretically, the Kurdistan Region of Iraq has the right to self-determination and to declare independence. These rights are deterred, however, by geopolitical circumstances. The feasibility of independence depends greatly on surmounting those geopolitical barriers.
dc.description.departmentPolitical Science and Geography
dc.format.extent113 pages
dc.subjectGeopolitical barriers
dc.subjectKurdistan Region of Iraq
dc.subject.classificationInternational relations
dc.subject.classificationMiddle Eastern studies
dc.titleThe feasibility of an independent Kurdish State in Iraq
dcterms.accessRightspq_closed Science and Geography of Texas at San Antonio of Arts


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