The last ninety years of Kurdish history demonstrates their political progression towards statehood. Examination of this history and US policy during this period allows us to analyze the circumstances that prevented Kurdish statehood. The three levels of analysis utilized allow analysis of Kurdish history with regards to the individual, the state and the international system. Such analysis assists in determining the prospect for independence of the Iraqi Kurds today. An Iraqi Kurdish declaration of independence would directly influence U.S. foreign policy for the Middle East. American policy decisions would depend upon the effects of other foreign policy objectives for the region. Recognition of Kurdish sovereignty is a policy decision that requires analysis of Kurdish history within the context of US foreign policy objectives.US Navy (USN) author
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