versão impressa ISSN 0121-1617
HERRERA CHAVES, Benjamín. THE NEAR EAST, STATES, AND ETHNIC MINORITIES. hist.crit. [online]. 2003, n.26, pp. 65-76. ISSN 0121-1617.
The U.S. military intervention in Iraq has taken place in a región where states are artificial and historically recent creations that lack social homogeneity. The ethnic component (i.e., social groups whose identity is defined on the basis of one or more cultural features such as language, religión, or race) questions the very existence of the present-day states within their current borders and constitutes a major factor in the correlation of forces among the regional and extra-regional actors.
Palavras-chave : middle east; states; ethnic minorities; nation-state; regional stability; intra-state conflicts; trans-state conflicts; military intervention; kurds; sunni muslims; shi'ite muslims; jews.