The Iranian State and Kurds

International Relations

The Islamic Republic and the Kurds
An analysis of State policy from the Revolution to today

Abstract

This project presents an analysis of Iran’s policy towards its Kurdish minority from the Islamic Revolution of 1979 through Ahmadinejad’s first term (1979-2009). Through analyzing state policy, I noted that a general trend has seemingly developed: during periods of low power consolidation, promises of increased freedoms and a more generous state policy result, which are then rolled back once the regime in question has consolidated its power. Although today Iranian Kurds are given more freedoms than their counterparts in Turkey and Iraq, their status is far from ideal and can possibly lead to increasingly violent revolts and a drive for independence. In order to curtail the anger of Iranian Kurds, the next administration must formulate a more inclusive policy towards its Kurds. State policy towards Kurds has a profound affect on the domestic commitment of the (over) four million Kurds living in Iran and can hurt the stability of the state if their needs are not properly addressed.

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