Distribution of ethnic Kurds in the Middle East
Distribution of ethnic Kurds in the Middle East

One of the many complicated puzzle pieces relating to ISIS involves the future of the Kurdish region of northern Iraq, known as Kurdistan. Unlike other Iraqis, the Kurds have proven themselves formidable fighters in the war against ISIS. Should their valor earn them the right to make their region an independent state?

The Arizona Senior Academy is participating in the Great Decisions program sponsored by the Foreign Policy Association (FPA). A different topic is featured each week from February 4 through March 25. The weekly format is an introduction to the topic by a volunteer discussion leader, followed by a short video and a group discussion.

The third Great Decisions group meeting at the Academy will start at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday (Feb. 17), when the topic will be “The Future of Kurdistan.”  Academy Village resident Dennis Anderson will be the discussion leader.  After watching a short (26-minute) video, the audience will hear a summary of the written material provided by the FPA.

The FPA provides a briefing book, which contains background information about the current issues together with suggested discussion questions, and a list of further readings. People who have not already purchased the 2016 briefing book through ASA may still do so on line at http://fpa.org/great_decisions/?act=gd_materials.

Anderson will provide additional historical facts before challenging the audience with questions such as ”Is there any reason to expect a lessoning of Iraqi Kurdish ethnic partisanship?” or “ Should Washington reconsider its stance on Iraq Kurdish independence?”  or “How can the U.S. balance Turkish and Kurdish alliances in the fight against Isis?”

Written by Marcia Reinagel, Academy Village Volunteer

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What’s the future of Kurdistan?: February 2016
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