On September 25th, 2017, "the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), which governs the semi-autonomous Kurdish region in northern Iraq, "held an independence referendum. Through the vote was non-binding, over 90% of Kurds voted in favor of independence. The referendum was very contentious. It was opposed by the Iraqi government and by many significant state and non-state actors including Turkey, Iran and the UN. But according to some analysts, the results now "give the Kurdish government more ground to demand a separate statehood in northern Iraq" (Aljazeera).
Who are the Kurds?
What are their aspirations?
How are events in the Middle East impacting them?
What is the likelihood of the Kurds gaining their own sovereign state?
These are the questions we will explore through a reading and the Council on Foreign Relations' interactive guide which examines the Kurds growing prominence in the Middle East.