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Welcome to the Kurdish Spring, the sequel

English: Kurdish Areas of Northern Iraq

Kurdish Areas of Northern Iraq (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

by Foreign Policy Association, August 30, 2012

…So as Kurdish refugees clung to the freezing mountains in northern Iraq and pushed to the border of a panic-stricken Turkey a guilt ridden U.S. — along with Britain and France and Turkey’s acquiesence — established a no-fly zone in northern Iraq. That gave the Iraqi Kurds breathing space and some protection and – most importantly – the chance to build their own government.2

And their own home… (more) http://ow.ly/1mcL1W

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DuckofMinerva: The Long Peace

By Duck of Minerva, August 13, 2012

Global Trends 2030 has a virtual roundtable on the “Long Peace” and whether or not it will persist. As Allan Dafoe notes in his introduction: “we live during an era of historically unprecedented peace. Whether we look over timescales of decades or centuries, wars have become less frequent.” He continues:… (more)  http://ow.ly/1lXylS

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Hurriyet: The paradox of Turkish foreign policy

Official portrait of Secretary of State Hillar...

Official portrait of Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Hurriyet, August 13, 2012

The Turkish media naturally highlighted U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s flattering remarks concerning Turkey’s role in Syria and her promise of support against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) after her recent visit to Turkey. But in fact she used very cautious language, and also emphasized the U.S.’s concern about post-al-Assad Syria and “extremists” such as al-Qaeda, as well as the PKK. 

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Blog: Ankara’s Nightmare Is Coming To Pass

 

English: Thematic map, general view over the T...

Thematic map, general view over the Turkey – Kurdistan Workers’ Party conflict (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Ottomans and Zionists, July 27, 2012: Turkey is suddenly gearing up to face what might be the biggest foreign policy challenge the AKP has faced in its decade in government, which is the emergence of an autonomous Syrian Kurdistan. As Assad’s forces pull back and retrench, they have left the Kurdish areas of northern Syria in the hands of the PYD, which is the Syrian counterpart to the PKK, and all of a sudden Turkey is facing the prospect of a Syrian Kurdish state right on its border.

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