Kurds and Crude
What You Need To Know About Kurdish Oil Ambitions
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  • TommyTwo

    Not to mention the hilarious aspect of a Turkish government siding with an independence-minded Kurdish entity. And to think some people denigrate oil! 🙂

    • Andrew Allison

      Surely you are not suggesting that the Turkish government would put low-cost oil ahead of its concern about the Kurdish independence movement [sarcasm alert]? A more intriguing line of thought is whether Turkey, given the prospect of relatively cheap oil, might decide that rather than continuing an endless fight with the PKK it might make more sense to support a Greater Kurdistan. From a geopolitical standpoint, this would be a win-win for everybody except Iran. What a pity.

      • TommyTwo

        Current demographic trends of ethnic Turks vs Kurds put the Turkish leadership in a very difficult position, and I have no advice to give.

        “From a geopolitical standpoint, this would be a win-win for everybody except Iran.”

        I’m not necessarily convinced, but this would be ironic, given former Iranian support for Iraqi Kurds.

        • Andrew Allison

          It’s absolutely fascinating. The irony is that Kurds are (what are today) an Iranian people. Ethnic Turks came out of the Steppes, and the Anatolian plain was the cradle of European civilization. A map of what might be called “Greater Kurdistan” suggests that the Kurds pushed NW into Turkic territory from Mesopotamia.

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