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How Kurdish Issues Affect Political Stability in the Middle East(2018_1_10_003)


In 2017, Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) was almost swept out of Syria and Iraq. Kurdish actors, especially the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) in Iraq and Democratic Union Party in Syria, played important roles for combatting ISIL. Yet, the internal states in the Middle East, especially neighboring states, did not welcome increasing Kurdish legitimacy in the region.

The aim of this research project is to explore the dynamics of the activities by Kurdish actors, which are highly influenced by international politics, regional politics, and domestic politics in the related states. This research project also pays attention to the visions, strategies, and activities of Kurdish actors in Iraq, Iran, Syria, and Turkey.


April 2018 - March 2019

Members of the Research Project
[ Organizer ] IMAI Kohei
[Co-researcher] FUKUDA Sadashi
[Co-researcher] SATO Hiroshi
[Co-researcher] SUZUKI Hitoshi
[Co-researcher] TAKAHASHI Kazuo (Professor, The Open University)
[Co-researcher] AOYAMA Hiroyuki (Professor, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies)
[Co-researcher] KATSUMATA Ikuko (Free Journalist)
[Co-researcher] YOSHIOKA Akiko (Senior Researcher, The Institute of Energy Economics)
[Co-researcher] NUKII Mari (Research Fellow, The Japan Institute of International Affairs)
[Co-researcher] TERAMOTO Megumi (Tsuda University)

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