Daniel Larison

Posts tagged “Kurdistan”

The U.S. Needs to Disentangle Itself from Iraq

The U.S. should be trying to extricate itself from Iraq as quickly as it can.

Posted October 16th, 2017

Haass’ Dangerous Proposal for Kurdistan

Less than 24 hours after the eruption of fighting between Kurdish forces and the Iraqi government, we are already hearing proposals from high-profile people to throw weapons at the problem.

Posted October 16th, 2017

Fighting Erupts in Kirkuk

The U.S. has limited influence and may not be able to keep the situation from spiraling out of control.

Posted October 16th, 2017

The Backlash Against the Kurdish Referendum Escalates

Unfortunately, one of the worse scenarios that we feared might happen is beginning to unfold.

Posted October 13th, 2017

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

Trump goes rogue on Iran. Nick Wadhams reports on administration officials’ basic …

Posted September 29th, 2017

Escalating Tensions Over Kurdish Referendum

A Kurdish declaration of independence would likely trigger immediate military responses from one or more of Kurdistan’s neighbors.

Posted September 29th, 2017

The Backlash Against the Kurdish Referendum Continues

The region’s economic dependence on its neighbors makes its political independence against their wishes hard to imagine.

Posted September 27th, 2017

The Referendum Backlash Begins

The reaction so far shows how intensely hostile all of these governments are to the mere idea of a Kurdish state.

Posted September 25th, 2017

The Dangers of the Kurdish Referendum

All of this is just the start of the overwhelmingly hostile response from Iraqi Kurdistan’s neighbors.

Posted September 18th, 2017

BHL and the Exceptionally Weak Case for Kurdistan

The chief danger of establishing a new Kurdish state is that it would be violently opposed by at least three of its new neighbors.

Posted September 7th, 2017

The Case for Kurdistan Is Still Exceptionally Weak

Kurdish independence would just lead to new conflicts and more upheaval that would inflict more harm on Iraqi Kurds than on anyone else.

Posted August 31st, 2017

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

No time for Kurdish independence. Adile Shamoo details the obstacles to an …

Posted August 11th, 2017

The Exceptionally Weak Case for Kurdistan

Backing the creation of a new state at the expense of another will inevitably produce more violence and upheaval.

Posted August 7th, 2017

The Problem with Kurdish Independence

Kurdish independence would spark new conflicts and complicate existing ones.

Posted June 20th, 2017

Why the U.S. Shouldn’t Back Kurdish Independence

Backing a Kurdish state would be one more unnecessary headache for the U.S. that serves no discernible American interest.

Posted January 19th, 2017

Why Backing Kurdish Independence Still Doesn’t Make Sense

Carving out a new state creates a number of new problems for U.S. policy and doesn’t do much to solve existing ones.

Posted October 1st, 2015

Paul’s Odd Support for Kurdish Independence

Paul doesn’t seem to have thought through any of the implications of what Kurdish independence would mean for the countries affected by it.

Posted March 11th, 2015