, Volume 55, Issue 4, pp 344–348 | Cite as

Kurdistan: The Taiwan of the Middle East?

  • Yvonne Chiu
Global Society


Taiwan and Kurdistan appear to have little in common, but the progressive values of these two societies embedded within hostile regions make them both natural allies and important strategic assets in the U.S.’s and international community’s long-term fight against authoritarianism and radical religious theocracies. Instead, they have been ignored and/or exploited in the pursuit of short-term geopolitical and economic interests in the Asia-Pacific and Middle East regions, which comes at great cost to American and international values as well as long-term strategic interests, so both citizens and policymakers must consider new approaches.


China Taiwan Middle East Kurds Foreign policy International community Geopolitics 

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, part of Springer Nature 2018

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Social ScienceInstitute for Advanced StudyPrincetonUSA

Personalised recommendations