Analysis & Opinion

Opportunities to Rebuild Public Trust in the KRI

by Ayad Sediq

One of the major obstacles to providing quality services, fighting corruption and reinforcing the rights and freedom of expression in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI) has been political divisions and disputes between political parties. Since the uprising against Saddam’s regime in 1991, Iraqi Kurdistan was later to become a de facto autonomous region. The advantages afforded […]

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    The KRG’s Para-Diplomacy Post-Referendum: From de Facto “Independence” to Regional Dependence

The KRG’s Para-Diplomacy Post-Referendum: From de Facto “Independence” to Regional Dependence

by Kawa Hassan

A Colossal Miscalculation at the Worst Time

Given the very public regional and international opposition, the botched independence referendum will enter the history books as a colossal miscalculation by the Kurdish leadership. To be fair, Masoud Barzani is not the only one to be blamed for this strategic blunder. His Kurdish allies from the PUK, KIU and […]

The Collateral Damage of the KRI’s Economic Policy

by Mohammed Hussein

In Tal-Kaif’s military prison, north of Mosul, a 35-year-old local man is currently awaiting trial. For the last 3 months of ISIS’ existence, he worked for them for 5000 Iraqi Dinar per day (almost £3) as he had run out of food for his family. In the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI), more than 1.2 million people […]

  • Permalink Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s meeting with Prime Minister of Iraqi Kurdistan Nechirvan Barzani, Saint Petersburg, June 16, 2016. Credit: Russian MFAGallery

    The Washington-Erbil-Moscow triangle through the prism of the September Referendum

The Washington-Erbil-Moscow triangle through the prism of the September Referendum

by Marianna Charountaki

“We support a united Iraq under the federal government in Baghdad, and we support the Kurdistan Regional Government”

Paul Ryan
The reactions to the KRG’s policy to conduct a unilateral referendum on independence – which garnered a majority vote of 92.73 percent – could be considered the climax of a pre-existing crisis in the relations between Baghdad and Erbil dating […]

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    هل الحرمان الاقتصادي من أسباب صنع الإرهاب؟

هل الحرمان الاقتصادي من أسباب صنع الإرهاب؟

عمر العبيدلي
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ربما لا تخلو مناقشة أو حوار مع أي مسؤول حكومي وأعضاء المجتمع المدني تتعلق بالإرهاب من الإشارة إلى السياسة الاقتصادية: فلو أن هؤلاء الشباب غير المتزوجين، قد أتيحت لهم فرصة الزواج والحصول على وظائف جيدة تمكنهم من تأمين مستقبلهم اقتصادياً، ما كانوا انجرفوا إلى الإرهاب والعنف كحل. ولذا يتحتم على أية سياسة لمكافحة للإرهاب […]

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