Date of Award

Summer 8-2012

Degree Type



Political Science

First Advisor

Michael Herb

Second Advisor

Carrie Manning

Third Advisor

Jelena Subotic


Most studies examine how homeland policies influence the host state and what role the homeland plays for diaspora. In this paper, I will examine the reasons and conditions for why ethnic groups do or do not support violent ethnic groups. This study tests how external threats impact the level of support within the same ethnic groups. I will examine the causal relationship between external pressure and non-cooperation through a structured, comparative study of Kurdish ethnic groups.