Martyrs, Traitors, and Patriots: Kurdistan After the Gulf War

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Zed Books, 1996 - Political Science - 224 pages
What has happened to the Kurds since their great uprising against Saddam and the tragic exodus to the safe havens? What factors condition the course of the continuing guerilla war in Kurdistan? What policies have Turkey, Iraq and Iran pursued to deal with the Kurdish people, the largest ethnic group devoid of nationhood in the world? Can the Kurds establish their own distinct political identity, on a par with their cultural distinctiveness, or are they condemned to endless internecine conflict and tribal rivalries?

These questions are answered in depth in Sheri Laizer's new book. Informed by frequent recent visits to the frontline areas, she provides the reader with a clear analysis of Kurdish realpolitik, focussing on the political practices of the PKK and the other major Kurdish groups. The issues facing the Turkish parliament and army, the long-term strategies pursued by Iran and Iraq, and the evolution of Kurdish democratic institutions are brought to the fore.

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Kurdish realpolitik and the failed uprising
Summer of the safe haven
Waiting in the cold
s The fratricidal war
ft The dirty war in Turkey
sabotage of the enclave
The war of the colours
only a military solution
identity and purpose
The international community and the Kurdish
Kurdish identity in the diaspora 193 Arms to Turkey
Abdullah Ocalan and the December 1995 ceasefires 210

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Sheri Laizer is a writer, poet, and film researcher as well as a respected authority on Kurdistan and the Kurdish struggle. Her other works include Into Kurdistan: Frontiers Under Fire (Zed Books, 1991). She is a respected authority on Kurdistan and the Kurdish struggle.

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