Published January 31, 2016

Kurdistan’s future

Monmouth’s next Great Decisions program to focus on West Asia region
“The Future of Kurdistan” will be featured at the next Great Decisions program at Monmouth College on Feb. 3.
  Anthropology professor Petra Kuppinger will introduce the topic at 7:30 p.m. in the Moot Board Room (Room 276) of the Center for Science and Business, 720 E. Broadway. The program, which is free and open to the public, will include approximately one hour of group discussion following Kuppinger’s remarks.   A mountainous region made up of parts of Turkey, Iraq, Iran and Syria, Kurdistan is home to the Kurds, one of the largest ethnic groups in West Asia. Most westerners know them for the small, oil-rich autonomous region in northern Iraq called Iraqi Kurdistan – one of the United States’ closest allies in the Middle East, and a bulwark against the expansion of the so-called Islamic State. The discussion will examine how the success of that region may affect Kurds in surrounding areas.   Great Decisions is a nationwide program sponsored by the Foreign Policy Association, a non-partisan, non-governmental association that works to increase Americans’ understanding of significant foreign policy issues.
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