Beneath the Surface of the Kurdistan Independence Referendum

  • Vahid Nick Pay Department of Politics and International Relations, School of Social Sciences, University of Kurdistan Hewler, Erbil, Kurdistan Region – F.R. Iraq http://orcid.org/0000-0002-7162-6065
Keywords: Independence, Iraq, Kurdistan, Kurds, Referendum

Abstract

This Letter aims at providing an alternative view to the prevailing narratives on the timing, the underpinning reasons and actual outcomes of the Kurdistan independence referendum held in September 2017. It is argued that with regard to all above perspectives dominant international analysis of the referendum has failed to account for important socio-political and economic factors without which any objective evaluation of such a prominent regional even will be incomplete if not outright inaccurate.

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Author Biography

Vahid Nick Pay, Department of Politics and International Relations, School of Social Sciences, University of Kurdistan Hewler, Erbil, Kurdistan Region – F.R. Iraq

Vahid Nick Pay is an Assistant Professor in Politics and International Relations at the University of Kurdistan. He has published several articles and op-eds for prominent newspapers and magazines in several languages and his latest book entitled “Republican Islam” was published by I.B. Tauris, London 2016. [Click to see Academic Profile]

References

Alex, D. (2014). Iraqi federalism and the kurds: Learning to live together. London: Routledge, 2014.

Carol, P. (2009). The passion and death of Rahman the kurd: Dreaming Kurdistan. Bloomington, IN: iUniverse Press.

Vahid, N. P. (2016). Republican Islam: Power and authority in Iran. London: I.B. Tauris.
Published
2017-12-15
How to Cite
Nick Pay, V. (2017, December 15). Beneath the Surface of the Kurdistan Independence Referendum. UKH Journal of Social Sciences, 1(1), 22-23. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.25079/ukhjss.v1n1y2017.pp22-23
Section
Research Articles