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The Kurdish factor in Iraq-Gulf Arab states relations

Mushegh Ghahriyan

vol. VII(1,2)

Pages 100-113


The paper aims to study the process of slow-going normalization of the relations

of Iraq and the Arab countries of the Persian Gulf and the Kurdish

factor in that context. The Kurdish issue is the most complicated problem in

Iraq and poses threat to its integrity. Any country that has political and economic

interests in Iraq and develops relationship with it also will have to deal

with the ethnic and sectarian problems in the country, involving the Kurdish

issue. The paper also examines the economic, political interests of the Gulf

countries in Iraq and the Kurdish Region. It argues that the current political

situation in the Middle East creates opportunities for rapprochement of the

sides, however needs special, careful and balanced attitude from Saudi Arabia

and other Gulf Arab countries.

Keywords: Kurds, Gulf states, Iraq, rapprochement.

Mushegh Ghahriyan
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