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The Iraqi Kurds have enjoyed de facto statehood in the north of Iraq for over a decade but Intra-Kurdish fighting, military incursions by Turkey and Iran and the constant threat posed by Saddam Hussein have plagued this 'democratic experiment'. In this book, Stansfield explores the development of the Kurdish political system since 1991. He examines the difficult and often violent relations between the two dominant powers, the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), and their relationship with the Kurdish Regional Government in order to understand the current state of Iraqi Kurdish politics and the operation of the state. This topical in-depth study identifies the main dynamics of Iraqi Kurdish politics, analyzes the record and potential of the 'Kurdish democratic experiment', and identifies the present and future Kurdish leaders.
Gareth R. V. Stansfield is Research Fellow of Political Development at the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies at the University of Exeter. He has spent three years in Iraqi Kurdistan working alongside the Kurdistan Regional Government, the KDP and the PUK.
1. Introduction 2. Theory and Methodology 3. Contextual Analysis 4. The Development of the Party Political System 5. The Organizational Structure and Decision-Making Processes of the Kurdish Democratic Party and Patriotic Union of Kurdistan 6. The Organizational Structure of the Kurdistan Regional Government(s) 7. The Kurdistan Regional Government, 1992-2002 8. Conclusion
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