U.S. Military Cooperation with Kurdistan's Peshmerga.
- Submitted in partial fulfillment of the degree Master of Arts at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. Abstract: The Kurdish Security Forces, Peshmerga, have defended Kurdistan throughout decades and against consecutive threats posed by the tyrants who have ruled Iraq. After the failure of Iraq and Syria to resist ISIS and the latter's control over vast areas, Kurdistan too became under threat ... read moreand the only effective force that came to its defense was the Peshmerga. This relative success of the Peshmerga has raised their profile internationally 1 as the only effective force on the ground fighting ISIS. While ISIS is becoming stronger due to the U.S. weapons it takes from Iraq, the support for the Peshmerga is limited and burdened because of concerns of an independent Kurdistan. There is need for further understanding of the Peshmerga and why the U.S. should provide a more direct and stronger form of support and cooperation. Not only with the objective of defeating ISIS, but also for the long term strategic security partnership and the protection of Kurdistan as an island of stability in the Middle East.read less