The Kurdish populations of Turkey,Syria, Iraq, and Iran are influential strategic players during a period of immense uncertainty and instability in
Middle East politics. There is a growing sense that this may be a time of significant change for the Kurds, as witnessed in recent developments in Iraq and Turkey. This book offers a timely reappraisal of the Kurdish political, military, social, and cultural systems as well as the importance of regional and international policies toward them.
Gareth Stansfield is professor of Middle East politics and director of the Centre for Kurdish Studies at the University of Exeter. Robert Lowe is manager of the Middle East program at Chatham House.