Homeland Calling: Kurdish Diaspora and State-building in Kurdistan Region of Iraq in the Post-Saddam Era

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Abstract

The Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI) has recognised regional autonomy within Iraq and it is going through institution- and state-building during the last decade. The Kurdish diaspora played a major role in this process by providing vital assistance to homeland’s reconstruction and development efforts. This article examines the interactions between the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and its diaspora by focusing on the diaspora engagement initiatives formulated by the KRG. The arguments are based on extensive fieldwork (2012-2016) in the KRI and in Europe where the author conducted interviews with diaspora members, returnees and policy-makers.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)77-94
Number of pages18
JournalMiddle East Critique
Volume27
Issue number1
Early online date27 Dec 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Bibliographical note

This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Middle East Critique on 27th December 2017, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/19436149.2017.1415512

Keywords

  • Iraqi Kurdistan
  • Kurdish diaspora
  • Post-conflict reconstruction
  • State-building

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