The “Kurdish Question” is a perceived security threat that continues to be faced by states that contain the Kurds, the largest ethnic transnational minority in the Middle East. The ebb and flows of rising Kurdish nationalism and the potential for border instability frequently causes states to heavily reprimand Kurdish ambitions, often causing violent Kurdish reactionary events. This study hopes to understand what specific state discriminatory policies towards the Kurds cause the most violent Kurdish reaction. Using a comparative case study of Turkey, Iraq and Syria, the study compares subgroups of discriminatory state policies (economic, political, and cultural) to determine the documented level of violence of the correlated Kurdish reaction.


Marsh, Kevin

Second Advisor

Kille, Kent


International Relations


International and Area Studies | International Relations

Publication Date


Degree Granted

Bachelor of Arts

Document Type

Senior Independent Study Thesis



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