This book explores the issues facing the Kurdish population of Iraq in the aftermath of the war and the ongoing occupation. Written by a leading human rights campaigner and a journalist, it is the most clear and up-to-date account of what Iraqi Kurds want, and the problems that all political groups face in re-building the country, as well as exploring Kurdish links and international relations in the broader sense. It should be required reading for policy-makers and anyone interested in the current position of Kurds in Iraq. / Today there are an estimated 4.2 million Kurds in Iraq -- nearly a quarter of the country's population. The majority are Sunni Muslims. For a long time Iraqi Kurds have desired an independent Kurdistan -- a desire shared by Kurds in Turkey, Iran and Syria. However, for the moment, the most pressing issue is to maintain the autonomy afforded by Iraqi Kurdistan since the establishment of the no-fly zone.
The book explores the rift in the UN and how it potentially affects the Kurds; the necessity of avoiding a humanitarian crisis; divisions between the two Iraqi Kurdish political parties; relations between Iraqi Kurds and Turkey; relations with Iran; US policy towards the Kurds; and the crucial role of the city of Kirkuk in the post-war settlement of Iraq.
Neil Faulkner is a Research Fellow at the University of Bristol, co-director of several archaeological field-projects, and author of numerous books, including A Visitor's Guide to the Ancient Olympics (2012) and Rome: Empire of the Eagles (2008). He is a leading member of Counterfire and publicity officer for the Coalition of Resistance.
Acknowledgements / Introduction / Foreword / 1. The Treaty of Sevres / 2. Ansal / 3. The Chemical Attacks at Halabja / 4. International Law and Responses / 5. Breaches of International Law / 6. In the Wake of the First Gulf War: Uprising and Response / 7. Turkey and the Refugees / 8. The Creation of the Safe Haven / 9. Proto-democracy in Northern Iraq / 10. Civil War / 11. Internal Displacement in Kurdish Iraq / 12. Uprising and Revenge / 13. Political Players in Iraqi Kurdistan / 14. Islamic Extremism / 15. The Question of Autonomy / 16. Federalism / 17. Economic Issues / 18. Humanitarian Assistance and Sanctions since 1990 / 19. The Oil For Food Programme / 20. Employment / 21. The Oil Industry in Iraq and Iraqi Kurdistan / 22. NGO Activity / 23. Turkish Intervention in Northern Iraq / 24. Breaches of International Law by the Government of Iraq / Conclusion / Recommendations / Index / Resource Guide / Appendix