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FY 2015/2016 Research Topic: A-1-2
Comprehensive Research on the Kurds for the Research Platform of Kurdish Studies


Kurds are a huge ethnic group spread out over many countries in West Asia, including Iran, Iraq, Syria and Turkey. In each country, the Kurds have been regarded as “the minority group” in the Nation State of Persia, Arabs or Turkish nationals. However, in recent months, Iraq and Syria have begun collapsing as nation states, and the non-nation state ISIS has emerged in this region. Under these circumstances, what will the Kurdish people do for the benefit of their own economic development and ethnic identity? Since northern Iraq is an important area for Japanese energy security, we should understand correctly the history and current problems of this region. Based on this need, we will conduct a preliminary study on the Kurds and provide basic information to Japanese policymakers and the media.


April 2015 - March 2016

Members of the Research Project
[ Organizer ] SATO Hiroshi
[ Co-researchers ] YOSHIOKA Akiko (Senior Researcher, Institute of Energy Economics, Japan)
[ Co-researchers ] YAMAGUCHI Akihiko (Professor, University of Sacred Heart, Tokyo)
[ Co-researchers ] MORIYAMA Teruaki (Associate Professor, Doshisha Univeristy)
[ Co-researchers ] NUKII Mari (Research Fellow, the Japan Institute of International Affairs)
[ Co-researchers ] IMAI Kohei (JSPS Research Fellow)
[ Co-researchers ] KATSUMATA Ikuko (Journalist)
[ Co-researchers ] TAKAHASHI Kazuo (Professor, the Open University of Japan)
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