The Arab Spring's Effect on Kurdish Political Fortunes
The Arab Spring offered Kurdish political actors in the region significant opportunities to advance their goals. Particularly in Syria and Iraq, Kurdish parties took advantage of the weakening of central governments there. The Kurdish political movement in Turkey, along with its sister movement in Syria, has likewise used the struggle against the Islamic State" to gain a lot of international sympathy and even support. At the same time, instability in the region has brought increased immediacy to the very real threats faced by Kurdish political actors, whether from hostile central governments or groups such as ISIL."
Romano, David. The "Arab Spring's" Effect on Kurdish Political Fortunes." Insight Turkey 17, no. 3 (Summer 2015): 11."