From Stalemate to Soul Mate: Emergent Democracy in Kurdistan

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The nature of the relationship between the KDP and the PUK has radically shifted from the one extreme, seemingly reconciling all the differences and being a soul mate for a strategic goal, to another extreme being an arch enemy. Existing literature on Kurdish political history focuses predominantly on the impact of international and regional affairs in the formation of Kurdish national political discourse. It underestimates the political impact of fragmented Kurdish demands in the construction of contemporary Kurdish national discourse. Characterising the Kurdish national movement and discourse as one strong unified political movement which is ready to grab any opportunity provided by the international developments is to reduce Kurdish politics to merely a matter of international relations.



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