Middle Eastern Studies December / Volume:11 / No:2

The United States Foreign Policy Towards Kurds

The aim of this study is to analyze the role of Kurds in the US foreign policy towards the Middle East. This paper presents an alternative approach that pays attention to the role of non-state actors in the US foreign policy and interactions between the state and non-state actors. Our study claims that it is possible to investigate the impact of Kurdish opposition movements on US foreign policy by understanding how the foreign policy of Kurdish opposition movements as non-state actors is produced in interaction with the international system, local system / order, identity and power relations. In this context, it is of particular importance to examine the nature, parameters and limits of the relationship between the Kurds and the US, the most influential state on the Kurds. As a result, it has been observed that ethnic opposition movements try to legitimize their actions against state power with their relations and discourses developed at an international level. On the other hand, it is argued that these movements are used as a leverage and implementer by the global powers.