The Iraqi Kurds: Hour of Power?

Ofra Bengio*

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Since the end of the 2003 Iraq war, and for the first time in Iraqi modern history, Kurdish leaders have left their strongholds in Kurdistan and moved to Baghdad to establish a presence there. The two most influential leaders, Mas′ud Barzani and Jalal Talabani, took advantage of the political vacuum that followed the war and occupied buildings in Baghdad, turning them into ‘headquarters’. Uncertainties vastly outnumber certainties in the stages to come, but one thing does seem certain: These Kurdish leaders will play a major role in the dialogue between the Americans and the other political forces, as well as in the establishment of the interim government. This could be the Kurdish hour of power.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCommunity, Identity and the State
Subtitle of host publicationComparing Africa, Eurasia, Latin America and the Middle East
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781135766108
ISBN (Print)071465664X
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2004


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