The Kurds: Turkey, Iran, Iraq and Syria
EVENT DESCRIPTION: The post-World War I period saw the emergence of the modern Turkish and Persian states out of the ashes of the Ottoman and Safavid empires. It also witnessed the colonial creation of the completely new states of Iraq and Syria. The new state elites of all four countries pursued assimilationist policies towards the Kurds within their new borders. As the region is undergoing monumental changes, it is becoming clear that the new Middle East will look very different than the Middle East of the 20th century. The Kurds are one of the largest ethnicities in the Middle East, numbering 35 to 40 million- comprising roughly 25 percent of the total population in Turkey and Iraq and 10 percent of the total population in Iran and Syria. As a former US ambassador to Turkey, Morton Abramowitz, stated, “The Kurdish issue in Turkey has now become an American problem as well. For the first time, the United States will need a region-wide Kurdish policy.” Who are the Kurds? Can the often overlooked Kurdish issue constitute a more important fulcrum for change in key states of the region? What are the implications of the rise of Kurdish nationalism in the Middle East? How can the prospect of a future “pro-American” and “pro-Israeli” Kurdish state change the balance of power in the region? These questions and more will be addressed. This one-time lecture aims to provide a coherent understanding of the challenges and opportunities the rise of Kurdish nationalism presents in the rapidly changing Middle East.
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Dr. Mehmet Gurses joined the Department of Political Science at Florida Atlantic University (FAU) in 2007, after completing his doctorate
at the University of North Texas. An expert on Middle East politics, he specializes in ethnic and religious conflict, post-civil war peace-building, democratization, and Islamist parties in the Middle East. Dr. Gurses frequently speaks to groups in several communities on a range of topics relating to the Middle East. His scholarly publications have appeared in International Interactions, Social Science Quarterly, Civil Wars, Defense and Peace Economics, Democratization, International Studies Perspectives and Nationalism and Ethnic Politics.
||1:00 pm - 2:45 pm
||Thursday, December 5, 2013
||Barry and Florence Friedberg Auditorium, Boca Raton Campus
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