1st Edition

The Iraqi Kurds and the Cold War Regional Politics, 1958–1975

By Hawraman Ali Copyright 2020
    180 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    178 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Examining the effects of the Cold War and regional politics on the Iraqi Kurds between 1958 and 1975, this study demonstrates how regional and international powers sought to exploit the Iraqi Kurds in their quest for statehood. The research draws on a plethora of British and American archival documents and select Soviet and Iranian sources integrated with Kurdish authoritative and eyewitness accounts.

    The work explores the Iraqi Kurds on three levels: Firstly, on a national Iraqi level, starting with the Iraqi Revolution in 1958 to the collapse of the Kurds’ liberation movement in 1975 under Mela Mustafa Barzani. Secondly, it considers the issue on a regional level by examining the political dynamics between Iran (under the Shah), Iraq, Egypt (thus Nasserists) and other regional states, with a focus on these states’ relations and tensions. Thirdly, it scrutinises the impact of the Cold War on the politics and history of Iraq, focussing on the effects on the Kurds in particular.

    Complementing the existing literature, this volume builds a chronological narrative through historical analysis. It is a key resource for students, scholars, policymakers and regional experts interested in Kurdish history, foreign policy, politics and security in the Middle East.

    Introduction  1. 1958–1962: Iraqi Revolution, Kurdish Hostilities  2. 1963–1965: Seeking Allies  3. 1965–1971: Politics and Struggle  4.  1971–1975: Hope and betrayal  Conclusion.


    Hawraman Ali is a lecturer at the Department of International Relations and Diplomacy of Tishk International University, Erbil. He completed his PhD in Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Manchester, UK, in 2017.