Title of Oral/Poster Presentation

Examining Iraqi Kurdish Motives in the Fight Against ISIL

Presenter Information

Brigitte HughFollow

Class

Article

Graduation Year

2018

College

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Department

Political Science Department

Faculty Mentor

Jeannie Johnson

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Abstract

This project examines the Iraqi Kurdish culture, using the Cultural Topography framework, in order to find the critical cultural factors that could heavily influence the way that the Kurds conduct themselves in the international community.

The war being fought by the Iraqi Kurds is to protect integral values: their land and Kurdish identity. However, they are exploiting this opportunity to gain extrinsic benefits from their fight. The Kurds value their land so highly that it defines their honor. In addition, one deeply embedded norm is to fight for their land because no one else will. Historically once Kurdish land is lost, it is lost for generations, due in large part to the politics of the international community. Even though the Iraqi Kurds are attempting to gain international recognition for their efforts fighting ISIL, they do not trust the international community. This attitude of distrust provides an opportunity for the United States to step in and build trust with the Iraqi Kurds for later dialogue.

Location

Room 421

Start Date

4-13-2017 1:30 PM

End Date

4-13-2017 2:45 PM

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Examining Iraqi Kurdish Motives in the Fight Against ISIL

Room 421

This project examines the Iraqi Kurdish culture, using the Cultural Topography framework, in order to find the critical cultural factors that could heavily influence the way that the Kurds conduct themselves in the international community.

The war being fought by the Iraqi Kurds is to protect integral values: their land and Kurdish identity. However, they are exploiting this opportunity to gain extrinsic benefits from their fight. The Kurds value their land so highly that it defines their honor. In addition, one deeply embedded norm is to fight for their land because no one else will. Historically once Kurdish land is lost, it is lost for generations, due in large part to the politics of the international community. Even though the Iraqi Kurds are attempting to gain international recognition for their efforts fighting ISIL, they do not trust the international community. This attitude of distrust provides an opportunity for the United States to step in and build trust with the Iraqi Kurds for later dialogue.