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Is the referendum on Kurdish independence a spark in a powder keg?

GRI Debate: Will the independence referendum in Kurdistan further destabilize Iraq and the region? Kurdish authorities announced on Wednesday that Iraqi Kurds overwhelmingly voted in favour of a split from Iraq,

Middle East/North Africa Security

Why the Kurdish referendum is part of Barzani’s wider strategy

Kurdish authorities announced on Wednesday that Iraqi Kurds overwhelmingly voted in favour of a split from Iraq, with 92.7 percent of voters casting their vote in favour of Kurdistan’s independence.

International Middle East/North Africa Natural resources and energy Politics Security

Referendum in Kurdistan: A risky gamble in a volatile region

Nearly 93% of eligible voters in Kurdistan have cast their ballot in favour of independence. Although technically the referendum is non-binding, it does represent a new and potentially dangerous phase

Middle East/North Africa Natural resources and energy

The struggle for Kurdistan’s oil: Past, present and future

On Monday, September 25, the government of Iraqi Kurdistan will hold an independence referendum. Although the vote will not trigger any immediate change to the nature of the Kurdish sovereignty

International Politics The Week Ahead

The Week Ahead

Iraqi Kurds and Catalans vote on independence. NAFTA negotiations enter round three. Republican attempt to repeal Obamacare. All in The Week Ahead.

International Politics The Week Ahead

The Week Ahead

UN Secretary General attempts to reanimate peace talks. Kurdish referendum plans in limbo. Venezuela begins drafting a new constitution amid sanctions. German general election heats up. All in The Week

Middle East/North Africa Security

Why the West needs to re-examine how it helps the Kurdistan Regional Government

The West should use military aid to the KRG to leverage political reform, or risk inadvertently worsening regional security. For the KRG, political reform will strengthen its chances of not only surviving but of flourishing.

Middle East/North Africa Politics

Turkey and current climate of the HDP

On 4 November 2016, two leaders of the People’s Democratic Party (HDP) were arrested. This development is part of a downward spiral in the overall political climate of Turkey, especially

Middle East/North Africa Security

Why Manbij may define the future of the Syrian war

Violence in Turkey has suspicions pointing towards either ISIS or the Kurds. Turkey is currently fighting on two fronts but the real battlefront remains in Syria, particularly in Manbij. Indeed, Manbij may be decisive for the Kurdish-U.S alliance as well as Turkey-U.S cooperation.

Middle East/North Africa Security

The Kurdistan Freedom Falcons: A distinct terrorist threat

The Kurdistan Freedom Falcons are proving to be a major terrorist threat, and could continue to pose even more of a threat than the PKK.