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Masterclass: New Political Actors of the Middle East: the Kurds

23 januari @ 20:00 - 22:00

This masterclass will focus on the political project of the Kurdish people, which was largely unheard of until recently. Particularly, it will cover the chances of fulfilling a future role within the Middle East as an evolved political actor with their own background and set of values. These have often been described as a beacon of enlightenment and modernity in the conservative Middle East.

While the Kurdish people are separated from each other over four countries, namely Turkey, Iran, Iraq, and Syria, they face immense difficulties to create their own nation and state. However, a few months ago, they had the courage and the spirit to successfully hold a referendum on independence, despite every actor being against independence or the timing.

Part and parcel of this division is the rigid policies that the said countries have implemented over the course of the last century when the current Middle East emerged from the First World War. This spurred the growth of Kurdish political movements, from the rebellion against Ataturk in the Interbellum to the Syrian-Kurdish federation to the Kurdistan Communities Union, which unites several Kurdish (separatist and/or terrorist) movements. Today, the Kurds have started to self-govern with federations in Iraq and cantons in Northern-Syria with new political and democratic systems, such as “Democratic Confederalism.” These alternative political projects and comparisons between different Kurdish movements will be the main topic of our discussion in terms of today’s Middle Eastern politics.


More info on how to sign up will follow soon.


23 januari
20:00 - 22:00


Committee of Intellectual Activities


Nieuwe Achtergracht 170
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