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The Kurdish Crescent: New Trends in Syria, Turkey, Iraq, and Iran | The Washington Institute for Near East Policy

Watch a live webcast Thursday on how the Kurdish factor is influencing the region's most pressing challenges, from Syria to Iraq to Turkey to Iran.

Kurdish-populated regions are a geopolitical keystone connecting the many parts of the Near East that dominate today's headlines, from Syria to Iraq to Turkey and Iran.

 

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Kurds are as Iranian / Aryan (Meds) as other Iranian branches like Pars, Partian, Alen & ETC. In this time and age, most small countries creat union like E.U. In order to compete in global economy. It is ironic to hear these stupid ideas. Eurasia needs to unite and creat the largest economic block.

Note: ethnicity is thing of a past. Culture and way of life are what glues people together. Therefore, Turks are Iranian (they did not fly from Mongolia to Anatolia by helicopter. They migrated slowly over a thousand years through our land and mix / adapted. They look and live like us. They have no trace of their original oriental way of life).

Zendanian

Zendanian An injury to one is an injury to all.

Islamic Republic of Hell is the biggest instigator of ethnic violence & tension in Iran, since day one. That means Islamic Republic of Hell has the blood of thousands of Kurds, Arab, Baluchi, Turkmen,... Iranians on its filthy hands.
Down with Islamic Republic of Iran.

MRX2412

MRX2412

Creation of new country of Kurdistan is inevitable. it's a question of when not if. The only question to be answered are how large it is going to be and where the borders are drawn. I am not a Kurd I but do support it because at the end of the day I rather have Kurds as neighbor (After all they are member of Iranian tribe) than having Turko mongloid and Arabs as neighbor.

Zendanian

Zendanian An injury to one is an injury to all.

Creation of a Kurdish nation is not as "inevitable" as it might seem.
The bulk of world's Kurdish population resides in Turkey (about 22 millions) & PKK has been the leading organization in there. And as we all have been following Turkish state and PKK are in middle of negotiations to bring structural reforms into Turkish constitution, guaranteeing political & social Rights of all minorities in Turkey, including Kurds.
To make a long story short whatever happens to Kurds in Turkey will basically set the path for all other Kurdish minorities in Iraq, Iran and Syria, weather those other fellow Kurds in those countries like it or not.
In 21st century assimilation and bringing about reforms in laws and constitutions is much more preferred than armed struggle and starting a land locked nation (vulnerable to all kinds of external interference) from scratch.

Last but not least your rascist views on our Turk and Arab sisters and brothers is truly horrible, insulting and unacceptable.
The blood stream of our glorious and proud Iranian nation in its 3000 years of history and experiences of occupation by Macedonians, Arabs, Mongols, Afghans,...has been so mixed up and "synthesized" there's very little "purity" left. Thank goodness!

Nene

Nene An insincere and evil friend is more to be feared than a wild beast. a wild beast may wound your body, but an evil friend will wound your mind. Buddha

LARGE PART OF IRAN. They have already drawn their lines and borders for their imaginary country and it includes about 30% of Iranian territory.

Nene

Nene An insincere and evil friend is more to be feared than a wild beast. a wild beast may wound your body, but an evil friend will wound your mind. Buddha

What you don't understand that these Pan-Kurds ( most not even from Iran) also set their eyes on Iranian territory.

MRX2412

MRX2412

Let say for the sake of argument 90% of Kurds in Iran decide tomorrow that they don't want to be part of Islamic paradise also known as omatestan. what would you suggest then? bomb them like russia did to chechans? send execution squads with Khalhali type goons to set them straight? ethnic cleans the land like Turks did to Armenians?

Nene

Nene An insincere and evil friend is more to be feared than a wild beast. a wild beast may wound your body, but an evil friend will wound your mind. Buddha

ok, lets say kurds want to separate and then other groups want to separate as well. Man some of you here are worse than enemies of Iran.

MRX2412

MRX2412

You did not answer my question? how you feel is irrelevant to the geopolitical situation.

freeiran1

freeiran1

These institutes are supported by foreign enemies of the regional countries and its aims is to further destablize the region, weaken the major countries such as Turkey, Iran, Iraq, and Syria by promoting a united Kurdish country. By reading more about the sponsors you will know on whose behalf this promotion is done.

Nene

Nene An insincere and evil friend is more to be feared than a wild beast. a wild beast may wound your body, but an evil friend will wound your mind. Buddha

They talk about kurds as if there is an "unified Kurdish" identity or language.

Just in Iran there are about 5 different Kurdish languages and they don't understand each other.

Of course certain countries will always promote this to destabilize Iran.

amirparvizforsecularmonarchy

amirparvizforsecularmonarchy I Love Waterfalls and Find One of the most humorous things in the world; is the notion that Americans are a greater force for good & more civilized than Nazi's, Mullahs and Communists.

Destabilizing Iran is to help weaken IRI before a war and it will be very bad for Iranians, the USA is aiming to break Iran up in to small manageable subservient states. Americans dread the thought of the days when Iranians were free and powerful under the late shah. They despised and were jealous of the shahs power and independence from them for Iranians interests. http://iranian.com/posts/view/post/24127

Nene

Nene An insincere and evil friend is more to be feared than a wild beast. a wild beast may wound your body, but an evil friend will wound your mind. Buddha

More about this speaker:
Peter Zeihan is an expert in geopolitics: the study of how place impacts financial, economic, cultural, political and military developments. He presents customized executive briefings to a wide array of audiences which include, but are not limited to, financial professionals, Fortune500 firms, energy investors, and a mix of industrial, power, agricultural and consulting associations and corporations.

Mr. Zeihan has been featured in, and cited by, numerous newspapers and broadcasts including The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, AP, Bloomberg, CNN, ABC, The New York Times, Fox News and MarketWatch


So this guy is going around and telling people there is no "Iranian identity" in Iran and he is spreading this sort of propaganda all over the media in NYT , FOX news and CNN etc.. People still think these guys want democracy and freedom for Iranians? I call those people STUPID.

Nene

Nene An insincere and evil friend is more to be feared than a wild beast. a wild beast may wound your body, but an evil friend will wound your mind. Buddha

Your 100% correct in your assessment. It gets worse the Israeli and Saudis shills are also helping the process. Some of these "academics" are now making up lies and presenting them as scholarly work on Middle east. Watch this video , this was a seminar on the Middle east and Iran, look how many lies are being told about Iran! It's very disturbing.

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YahyaYork

Yahya york I have researched iran for 11 years,travelled there 46 times in the past 9 years to finish my research,just ask me about anything about iran's current and future developments regarding politics,business etc.

I think it's a great idea both for kurdistan and iran, iranian national expenditure for roads,housing,schools and hospitals would be dramatically cut if the kurds breakaway,once this is done sistan and baluchestan would want same,so i think it's great idea.Iran can concentrate on the areas that are not as unsafe and underdeveloped, and kurds can use iraqi oil to build their future.

Nene

Nene An insincere and evil friend is more to be feared than a wild beast. a wild beast may wound your body, but an evil friend will wound your mind. Buddha

Are you being sarcastic? Iranians would never let that happen.

Obviously you would are not Iranian. The place holds significant part of our history.

YahyaYork

Yahya york I have researched iran for 11 years,travelled there 46 times in the past 9 years to finish my research,just ask me about anything about iran's current and future developments regarding politics,business etc.

We have no history,get over it. All one ruler has done over the years is to wipe off the last rulers history off the books due to "I know best and tat guy was not iranian" similar to yours since dictatorship is in many people's genes and can not listen to others,just their own hate and personal views has to prevail . Iran internationally without oil and gas is another somalia regardless of what history they had or we had,what matters is the history where we served the modern word,like we in 1945 won the war,or we in 1970's send rockets to the moon,or we invented the radio or invented radar..we invented or did nothing,and never will,once you realise that,then you have matured and can involve yourself in mature conversations, all you want is iran as iran without thinking or even been to kurdistan,go there and you'll come back crying. Break these regions off,any one who wants out kick them out,keep the oil and gas money for farsi speaking iranians.

Nene

Nene An insincere and evil friend is more to be feared than a wild beast. a wild beast may wound your body, but an evil friend will wound your mind. Buddha

You don't sound Iranian. You sound like someone who is trying to be Iranian . I picked that up from your writing. Anyone that has ever been to these regions knows that there is no ethnic autonomy. specially the western part of Iran where variety of different people live.


Please do not reply to me as I don't like people that lie and try to cause ethnic tension.

YahyaYork

Yahya york I have researched iran for 11 years,travelled there 46 times in the past 9 years to finish my research,just ask me about anything about iran's current and future developments regarding politics,business etc.

To my 100% iranian personal attacker

Sorry, but it is you who wants to show everyone how iranian you are.Good luck to you the iranianist most iranian.

all the best.

from a humble foreigner and a non farsi speaker.

YahyaYork

Yahya york I have researched iran for 11 years,travelled there 46 times in the past 9 years to finish my research,just ask me about anything about iran's current and future developments regarding politics,business etc.

I think if kurds were iranians they would have been called "iranians and not kurds" i respect their views and think if they want out then let them how and when i don't know but agree with the idea.this happened in khuzestan too but people did not agree and fought saddam for 8 years so that was that,but this one is really coming from kurds themselves rather than from saddam in khuzestan case.

Good Luck to them.

YahyaYork

Yahya york I have researched iran for 11 years,travelled there 46 times in the past 9 years to finish my research,just ask me about anything about iran's current and future developments regarding politics,business etc.

I guess all this "i am iranian and you are not" is coming from a life in what ever country one lives in, i know many do see iranians as not their own,but no need to get frustrated,you and me are foreigners living in other peoples country and do from our looks sometimes get attacked verbally on grounds of who is western and who is not , i have seen your comments were removed by the admin, it would have been better for them to leave it so that i could at least see what bothers you most to barge in a thread and leave personal attacks.

I wish you a great time here.

Iranian culture and history is spread as far as china but that does not mean we should have kept them too,times change, kurds think by having one oil well in arbil they can run a nation with,where as countries like iran with 100's are having problems with,i am all for assisting these guys to break away and cut iran's expenditure and make iran more prosperous with what it has for a leaner nation. I am sorry my spelling is bad,that is due to me speaking another language called farsi and english unlike yours is my second language. I would appreciate if you could teach me by directing me to mistakes as i love to speak your language better.