Kurdistan's Trump Card?

By David Romano
Submitted to Session P4722 (Trump's Foreign Policies toward the Kurds, 2017 Annual Meeting
Intl Rltns/Aff
Kurdistan;
Kurdish Studies;
At the time of his election, many Kurds appeared surprisingly optimistic regarding President Trump and his new administration. They appeared to hope that a President expressly intending to upend "the establishment", "international conventions" and "the status quo," might likewise prove willing to upend longstanding American policy towards the establishment of one or more independent Kurdish states.

To what extend and under which possible scenarios might a Trump-led United States significantly break with past U.S. policies towards the Kurds? How would support for Kurdish aspirations in one part of Kurdistan impact policies towards the other parts of Kurdistan and the states these areas are located in?