The prospects for the Kurds

9781850434160_0_0The aspirations of nearly 30 million Kurds, most of whom live in Turkey, Iraq and Iran, were denied at the end of the first world war when no Kurdish state was created.  Instead the kurds were divided between  successor states of the Ottoman and Qajar  empires. Subsequently  victims of genocidal policies in Turkey and Iraq, in Iran the Kurds did not fare much better  with the widespread execution of Kurdish separatists after the Islamic revolution. But now political developments in the Middle East have created new opportunities for Kurdish autonomy.

David McDowall is a specialist in Middle Eastern politics and history who has written the widely praised ‘A Modern History of the Kurds’ published by I.B. Tauris. He will talk about the long term story of the Kurds and  possibilities for the present and the future.

The prospects for the Kurds – David McDowall at Cafe Diplo, 02/12/2013 by Cafe Diplo on Mixcloud