chapter  5
The Kurdish Separatist Movement in Turkey and Iraq
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Having outlined the project and its potential contribution to the study of secession, the author also ought to revisit a few of the criticisms that are likely to be raised. The individual points are discussed, but a review here allows to reinforce my arguments and emphasize my ideas about my approach to secession. It could, of course, be argued that by allowing secession, in essence, people encourage the maintenance of the existing state system, thus minimizing the possibility of moving towards other forms of political association which would not be state-centered. The same drive for emancipation urged to review the current theories of secession, and, without doubting their significant input to the discussion, to focus on their emancipatory deficiency. Most crucially, the need for studying secession does not necessarily imply that territorial separatism is the ultimate method of resolving conflicts between socio-political groups.