Conferences

Turkish Enigma versus Kurdish Dilemma

by Cengiz Çandar

Due to the dramatic developments which unfolded during the last quarter of 2017, the Iraqi Kurds lost their hopes of an independent state of their own, perhaps for generations to come. Turkey’s loss was its most promising sphere of influence in the volatile region of the Middle East, the KRG. The relationship between the two exceptionally close players, […]

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    State-Society Relations in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq: A Mythical Abstraction?

State-Society Relations in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq: A Mythical Abstraction?

by Michiel Leezenberg

The Kurdistan Region of Iraq defies easy categorisation and demonstrates various paradoxes. Since 2005, it has been officially recognised as an autonomous region in the Iraqi constitution; but in the aftermath of the 2017 referendum on independence, the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) lost much of its autonomy, and furthermore its territory. KRG officials have pursued neoliberal policies […]

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 […]

  • Permalink Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani (R) meets with Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG)’s Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani in Tehran on 21 January 2018. Credit: president.irGallery

    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 […]

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