Peace in Kurdistan Campaign and Kurdistan National Congress (KNK) invite you to
The Collapsed State Systems in Syria & Iraq and the Rise of ISIS & the Kurds
Monday 12 January, 6 – 7.30pm
Venue: Committee Room 3, House of Lords, Westminster, SW1A 0AA
With Professor Michael M. Gunter and guest speakers; hosted by Lord Hylton.
The immediate origins of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) lie in the opportunity spaces provided by two bitter civil wars that challenged the existing state system and borders created by the Sykes-Picot Agreement of World War I: (1) The bloody Sunni-Shia civil war in Iraq that followed the U.S. overthrow of Saddam Hussein in 2003, and (2) the even more horrific civil war that has been raging in Syria since 2011. ISIS has gained its strength from a wide range of political, sociological, economic, and military factors, among others, and Turkey has played a very controversial role in this complex situation.