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خلق الحوار. التأثير على السياسة.

Generating Dialogue. Impacting Policy.

The Dim Future of Kurdistan

Ako Hamakarim

Iraqi Kurdistan’s history and current situation suggest that an independent Kurdistan would have an uncertain future and be at risk of becoming a failed state.

Fighting Corruption is Essential to Kurdish Independence

Jeffrey Koncsol

On September 25, 2017, the Kurdistan Region of Iraq will hold a referendum on independence and succession. An independent Kurdish state is something that Kurds have sought for generations, but the notion of a referendum among Iraqi Kurds has gained strength in recent years due to disintegrating relations with Baghdad. While the region faces numerous hurdles to actual independence, purposefully and earnestly tackling corruption is key to the success of an independent Kurdistan.

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Iran and Iraqi Kurdistan: Heading Toward Confrontation

Zmkan A. Saleem

The Islamic Republic of Iran and the autonomous Kurdish region of Iraq maintain cordial relations, and the two neighbors have publicly cooperated in battling the Islamic State (IS). However, this might change soon. The authorities in Tehran are increasingly frustrated with the Kurdish leadership’s decision to hold an independence referendum on September 25 in territories under control of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG). Tehran speculates that the vote would speed up Kurdistan’s walk toward full independence, an event which Iran sees as a challenge not only to Iranian stability but also to their regional ambitions.

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Looking Forward to the Independence of Iraqi Kurdistan

Hassan Mneimneh

In a few weeks, the citizens of Iraqi Kurdistan will vote in a historic referendum that will pave the way for the emergence of a fully sovereign Kurdish state. Almost a century has passed with Kurdish national aspirations thwarted by a world order that has otherwise accommodated the formation of many states in the region on nationalist and ethnic bases. Kurds in Iraq and elsewhere may take pride in this prospect — even if its realization is faced with challenges and hurdles. Iraqi Kurdistan ought to expect support and backing from its friends. As a first-hand witness to Iraqi Kurdistan’s nobility of spirit in the face of adversity, it is in fulfillment of such duty that I present the following suggestions.