New Book: Security Forces of the Kurdistan Regional Government

15 03 2011

By Dennis B. Chapman

Mazda Publishers, Jan 2011

Bibliotheca Iranica: Kurdish Studies Series #10


Since 1991 the Kurdistan Region has enjoyed autonomy within Iraq. Despite upheavals and setbacks, the Kurds of northern Iraq have established viable government institutions including legally constituted legislative, executive, judiciary, and security entities. These structures were the only state elements in Iraq to remain intact after the 2003 U.S. invasion, and have continued to develop during the intervening years. Their existence and authority were ratified on an interim basis by the Transitional Administrative Law and permanently by the terms of the 2005 Constitution on Iraq.

This book examines in depth the organization, administration, command structure, legal basis, legitimacy, and other key features of the security sector of the Kurdistan Regional Government Iraq, to include military forces (Peshmerga), police, security agencies (Asayish), intelligence services (Parastin and Dezgay Zenyari), paramilitary security services (Zerivani), as well as the Judiciary and penal systems. The book also examines the relationship between the Kurdistan Region security apparatus and that of the Government of Iraq, both within and without the borders of the Kurdistan Region.

Table of Contents

List of Maps, Tables, Figures and Illustrations
Chapter 1: The Security Sector of the Kurdistan Regional Government
Chapter 2: The Kurdistan Regional Government
Chapter 3: The Peshmerga
Chapter 4: Peshmerga: The Classical Period
Chapter 5:Peshmerga: The Interim Period
Chapter 6: The Contemporary Peshmerga
Chapter 7: Peshmerga Unification
Chapter 8: Peshmerga Transformation
Chapter 9: Asayish
Chapter 10: Police
Cpater 11: The Intelligence Services: Parastin and Dazgay Zanyari
Chapter 12: Judiciary
Chapter 13: Penal System
Chapter 14: Extraterritorial Operations by KRG Forces
Chapter 15: Women and Minorities in the KRG Security Services
Chapter 16: Security Sector Integration in the KRG
Chapter 17: Behavior and Conduct of Iraqi Kurdistan Forces
Chapter 18: Conclusion. The Serpent and the Wolf

About the Author

Dennis P. Chapman is a native of Lansing, Michigan. He holds degrees from the United States Military Academy at West Point and Thomas M. Cooley Law School, and completed a U.S. Army War College Fellowship at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington DC, where he completed much of the work on this book. A career Soldier, Mr. Chapman has served in Somalia, Iraq, and various other assignments in the United States Army, both Regular and Army National Guard. His interest in Iraqi Kurdistan began when he served as the chief of a U.S. military advisory team working with the all-Kurdish 3rd Brigade, 4th Iraqi Division, based at Sulaymaniyah.



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