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Perceptions and Decisions: A Field-Study on Foreign-Policy in Iraqi Kurdistan

Scheel, Niklas LU (2017) FKVK02 20171
Department of Political Science
Abstract
Kurdistan region of Iraq (KR-I) has continually evolved in a region amidst turmoil. Currently, the region is exerting internal sovereignty and administers its own foreign-policy. Through the conduct of field-based interviews in KR-I, this study seeks to contribute to the understanding of the regions relationship with its parent state Iraq, from a perspective of foreign-policy decision-making, specifically focused upon the perceptions in strategic dimensions of Kurdish policy-makers. In addition, a theoretical framework is developed to generate a deeper understanding regarding the connection between perceptual images and the decision-making process through an integration of Image theory and Poliheuristic theory. Findings indicate that... (More)
Kurdistan region of Iraq (KR-I) has continually evolved in a region amidst turmoil. Currently, the region is exerting internal sovereignty and administers its own foreign-policy. Through the conduct of field-based interviews in KR-I, this study seeks to contribute to the understanding of the regions relationship with its parent state Iraq, from a perspective of foreign-policy decision-making, specifically focused upon the perceptions in strategic dimensions of Kurdish policy-makers. In addition, a theoretical framework is developed to generate a deeper understanding regarding the connection between perceptual images and the decision-making process through an integration of Image theory and Poliheuristic theory. Findings indicate that Kurdish policy-makers perceive their parent state as inherently hostile, equipped with ill-willed intentions, a monolithic decisional structure and great cultural discrepancies. The theoretical framework contributes a theoretically guided explanation utilized through process-tracing which indicate an interaction between images and the decision-making process to some extent, but not enough evidence for claims of causality. The study suggests further research regarding relationships of causality between images and the decisionmaking process. (Less)
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Scheel, Niklas LU
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organization
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FKVK02 20171
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M2 - Bachelor Degree
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Foreign-policy, Decision-making, Perception
language
English
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8923204
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2018-04-27 10:11:05
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  abstract     = {Kurdistan region of Iraq (KR-I) has continually evolved in a region amidst turmoil. Currently, the region is exerting internal sovereignty and administers its own foreign-policy. Through the conduct of field-based interviews in KR-I, this study seeks to contribute to the understanding of the regions relationship with its parent state Iraq, from a perspective of foreign-policy decision-making, specifically focused upon the perceptions in strategic dimensions of Kurdish policy-makers. In addition, a theoretical framework is developed to generate a deeper understanding regarding the connection between perceptual images and the decision-making process through an integration of Image theory and Poliheuristic theory. Findings indicate that Kurdish policy-makers perceive their parent state as inherently hostile, equipped with ill-willed intentions, a monolithic decisional structure and great cultural discrepancies. The theoretical framework contributes a theoretically guided explanation utilized through process-tracing which indicate an interaction between images and the decision-making process to some extent, but not enough evidence for claims of causality. The study suggests further research regarding relationships of causality between images and the decisionmaking process.},
  author       = {Scheel, Niklas},
  keyword      = {Foreign-policy,Decision-making,Perception},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Perceptions and Decisions: A Field-Study on Foreign-Policy in Iraqi Kurdistan},
  year         = {2017},
}