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.
|Title of host publication
|Community, Identity and the State
|Subtitle of host publication
|Comparing Africa, Eurasia, Latin America and the Middle East
|Taylor and Francis
|Number of pages
|Published - 1 Jan 2004