The Ethnic Rivalry Between Kurds and Arabs in the United States Foreign Policy

3 months agoPolicy Reports


By Shirwan Hamid

This article discusses the motives behind the foreign policy of the United States when it comes to the rivalry between Kurds and Arabs since 2003 and the liberation of Iraq. Furthermore, it mainly focuses on the estimations received from United States decision makers and the argument that it is impossible to protect the unity of Iraq when the different ethnic groups are at war with one another. The article demonstrates that to prevent a collapse of Iraq the foreign policy of the United States concentrates on three main principles, which are: peace and stability rather than change, dismantling the idea of breaking up Iraq and establishing peace through the formalisation of democracy. From this perspective, United States decision makers have primarily tried to help the different components of Iraq to reach a mutual understanding of one another.

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