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It is politically and morally right for European states to support Kurdish forces in Iraq

O'Leary, Brendan (2014) It is politically and morally right for European states to support Kurdish forces in Iraq. LSE European Politics and Policy (EUROPP) Blog (18 Aug 2014). Blog Entry.

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Abstract

On 15 August, the Council of the European Union stated that it welcomed efforts by EU governments to provide arms to Kurdish forces attempting to halt the advance of Islamic State (IS) militants in Iraq. Brendan O’Leary provides a comprehensive overview of the political situation in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq and the development of the conflict between Kurdish and IS forces. He argues that it is not only legally permissible under the Iraqi Constitution for foreign governments to arm Kurdish forces, but that it is also politically and morally right for European democracies to do so. Moreover, in contrast to attempts to strengthen the Iraqi federal army, providing support to Kurdish forces is also likely to be highly effective in preventing IS militants from making further military gains within the country.

Item Type: Online resource (Blog Entry)
Official URL: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/europpblog/
Additional Information: © 2014 The Author(s)
Subjects: J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
Sets: Collections > LSE European Politics and Policy (EUROPP) Blog
Date Deposited: 31 Mar 2017 08:46
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2017 08:46
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/71833

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