Assyrians in Iraq

Author: Vahram Petrosian

Publisher/Publication: Iran & the Caucasus

Volume/Issue: 10(1)


This article offers a historical and political overview of the situation of Assyrians in Iraq, analyzing their historical presence, their religious identities and their different appellations. It examines the aspirations of Assyrian autonomy and independence since the early 20th century, the different Assyrian political organizations and parties, as well as their relations with the Iraqi state and the Kurdish Regional Government. The author concludes that while the future of Assyrians is closely linked with Iraq, the increased division of the Assyrian nation along confessional lines has given a blow to unified political factions and has led to limited political representation.