Kurdish Upswing: Iraq, Syria and Turkey

For decades, the roughly 29 million Kurds living in Turkey, Iran, Iraq and Syria have been regarded primarily as a threat to the territorial integrity of those states and thus to the stability of the Middle East. In a seminar co-hosted by CEPS and the Brussels office of the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP) on July 9th, Günter Seufert (SWP) and Martin Weiss (Advisor for Foreign Affairs of the SPD group in the Bundestag) presented their SWP study "Der Aufschwung kurdischer Politik” in which they find that the region is currently marred by terrorism and the unravelling of the established system of states. The debate revolved around these developments, which have brought about fundamental changes to the position of the Kurds and the role they play in regional politics.