How Foreign Is the Kurdish Issue in Iran’s Foreign Policy?

  • Costas Laoutides


The evolution of the Kurdish political agenda in Iraq, Turkey, and Syria has refueled the discussion about the future of the Kurds in the Middle East. The prospect of an independent Kurdish state in Iraq along with the creation of a Kurdish enclave in Syria and the ongoing unofficial peace talks between Kurds in Turkey and the Turkish government has generated a number of challenges for Iran, which has its own share of Kurdish grievance and mobilization. This jigsaw puzzle has become more perplexed by the presence ofthe Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group in parts of Syria and Iraq, which poses a major security threat to the region’s populations.


Foreign Policy Middle East Free Trade Zone Peace Talk Kurdish Region 
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