Beyond Kobane and Mosul: Today's Kurdish Question in historical perspective
|Dates:||5 March 2015|
|Times:||17:30 - 19:00|
|What is it:||Lecture|
|Organiser:||School of Arts, Languages and Cultures|
|Who is it for:||University staff, Adults, Alumni, Current University students, General public|
|Speaker:||Dr Walter Posch|
Kurdish politics in a post Sykes-Picot world – new chances, old risks?“
Although later than the national questions of the Balkans of the 19th century and overshadowed by the Armenian struggle for independence, Kurdish national movements emerged in the late19th and early 20th centuries. It has often been argued geography and wider geo-strategic considerations have prevented „Kurdistan“ to emerge as a nation state. Others, however, argue that now, with the evident brake down of order in the region, Kurdistan could have its chance. In any case, as it has been throughout history, Kurdistan will be within and between the two big non Arab powers of the Middle East, Turkey and Iran.
Dr Walter Posch is a historian of the early Modern Middle East with a special focus on the Ottoman and Safavid Empires. He is also a regional policy expert currently working at the Institute for Peace-keeping and conflict resolution, the think-tank of the Austrian Federal Army.
Dr Walter Posch
Organisation: Peace Keeping Institute, Vienna
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