A Critical Evaluation of “Territorial Separation” as a Method of Addressing Ethnic Conflicts focuses on the reasons that have contributed to ethnic conflicts in Kirkuk. In the book, Ako S. Jalal addresses geographic, economic, political, and social factors., He argues in the outcome of the research that the previous applied methods like power sharing and Constitution rewriting could not address ethnic conflicts effectively. Finally, Jalal proves through the research hypothesis that the basic method to address ethnic conflicts in Kirkuk is territorial separation.
Ako S. Jalal is independent scholar in Middle Eastern studies and Kurdish studies.
Chapter 1: Fieldwork and Methodology Approach
Chapter 2: Understanding the Issues of Kirkuk as the Center of Disputed Areas
Chapter 3: The Impact of Unclear Territorial Governance of Kirkuk on Ethnic Conflicts Post-2003
Chapter 4: Understanding the Core Issues of Kirkuk since 2014
Chapter 5: The Failed Methods and the Best Option to Settle the Issue of Kirkuk
Chapter 6: Territorial Separation: Options of Implementation in Kirkuk
Chapter 7: Conclusions and Findings
This enlightening empirical study of Kirkuk examines territorial separation as a successful way to reduce the ethnic conflict that has plagued this contested area in Iraq since its creation. These findings also have relevance for other conflicts such as Belfast, Nicosia, and Jerusalem.