The combination of the war in Syria and the rise of ISIS has increased the role of non-state actors in the Middle East politics. This is of particular concern for Turkey, on account of its long-standing concerns regarding Kurdish nationalism, particularly after the Syrian war, which provides Kurds with a significant role in regional security affairs. This book aims to examine the regional impacts of the Turkish government’s Zero Policy with Neighbors (ZPN) in respect to Iraqi Kurdistan. This has been achieved through an analysis of the impact on the ZPN policy of the following non-state actors between 2011 and 2016: The Syrian Kurdish group represented by the Democratic Union Party (PYD), ISIS, and the Kurdistan Workers party (PKK).
Zeravan Muhsin holds a PhD in Politics and International Studies from the University of Surrey.
List of Abbreviations
Chapter One: The Viability of the ZPN Policy towards Iraqi Kurdistan in Post-Arab Uprising, 2011.
Chapter Two: The Main Elements in Analyzing Turkish Foreign Policy.
Chapter Three: The Zero Problems with Neighbours Policy: A Contextual Background.
Chapter Four: The Kurdish Regional Dynamic Impacts on the Zero Problems with Neighbours Policy Post-Arab Uprising.
Chapter Five: The Turkish Zero Problems Policy with Iraqi Kurdistan: A Kurdish Elites’ Perspectives.
About the Author
This is a well-written analysis through the eyes of Kurdish leaders in Iraq and Syria on the implementation of Turkey’s Zero Problems with Neighbors (ZPN) policy toward Iraqi Kurdistan between 2011-2016 and how the multi-faceted Syrian civil war influenced Turkey to adopt a more security-orientated approach.