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Title: The Iraqi Kurds, the Cold War and regional politics, 1958-1975
Author: Ali, Hawraman
ISNI:       0000 0004 6423 4623
Awarding Body: University of Manchester
Current Institution: University of Manchester
Date of Award: 2017
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The Kurds comprise the fourth largest ethnic group in the Middle East. As such, they have had a considerable influence on the international relations of a number of Middle Eastern states and their internal politics. Conversely, regional and international politics have had their own effects on the political status of that people. This thesis focuses especially on the Iraqi Kurds, examining the impact on them of regional and international politics in terms of the Cold War and focusing on US policy during the period 1958-1975. Given Iraq’s location in a sensitive area of the world, this is a surprisingly under-explored area, both geographically, at country level, and specifically at this time, during the Cold War. That is the gap in the literature, therefore, that the present research fills. It takes 1958 as its starting point as this was the year of the overthrow of the Hashemite monarchy and the establishment of the Republic, which had a profound effect on the Cold War in the Middle East, and it takes 1975 as its end point, since this saw the signing of the Algiers Accord between Iran and Iraq, which, widely perceived as a betrayal amongst the Iraqi Kurds, constituted a major setback for the Kurdish national liberation movement in the country. The thesis approaches this topic through the examination of several issues, including American policies, Iraq-Iran relations and the impact of regional politics on the Kurdish Issue in the new Republic, analysing the impact of these not just as discrete factors but also in terms of their complex and dynamic interplay.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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