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This Part Of The Globe Is Not Flat: The Paradox Of The Turkish Relationship With Northern Iraq And The Dilemma Of Kurdish Politics Across Borders

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This chapter discusses the impact US presence in (re) construction of Kurdishness from ethnicity to nationhood in the Middle East. It compares and contrasts various Kurdish nationalisms as they emerge from different historical trajectories and geographical boundaries in Turkey and in Iraq. As a survey of public articulation of claims to ethnicity and nationalism by political actors, it shows the impact of the "nation state era" on the construction of competing discourses of nationhood. Such competing claims have been revised and re-interpreted with the US military presence in Iraq. The chapter discusses possibilities and patterns of variances and contingencies displayed by an emerging phenomenon of global and regional interactions that challenge political borders and cultural certainties. Globalization is often marketed as a "natural" process of expansion of markets and increased communications among cultures, even when such exchanges are accompanied by military clashes.

Keywords:globalization; Iraq; Kurdish nationalisms; nationalism; Turkey; US military



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