Implications of the 2017 Independence Referendum of the Kurdistan Regional Government of Iraq on the Kurdistan Workers' Party   [open pdf - 622KB]

From the Thesis Abstract: "This is a study of the effects of the 2017 independence referendum of Kurdistan Regional Government of Iraq (KRG) on the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK). The study begins with a summarized introduction to the modern Kurdish history, key Kurdish organizations in the region, such as the PKK, KDP [Kurdistan Democratic Party], PUK [Patriotic Union of Kurdistan] , GORRAN, and description of the strategy of Turkey and Iraq towards the KRG and the PKK. Then, the study analyses the historical background and current state of relations between the KRG and the PKK; the transformation of the Kurdish region of Northern Iraq after the referendum; the perspectives of the KRG relations to the PKK; the Political-Economic, Military-Security, and Infrastructure considerations; and the role of the basing in the Northern Iraq mountains for the PKK. This study identified the transformation of the KRG after the referendum in 2017. This transformation includes the increase of Iraqi government control over the region. The KRG lost a considerable portion of sovereignty after the referendum of independence. The study concludes that the PKK as an organization became significantly more vulnerable, because of involvement in the changes of the status of the KRG."

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