Escalation Of The Crisis In Kirkuk

As the Islamic State’s (ISIS) influence in the Middle East, and in the international system as a whole seems to be declining, internal conflict between Kurdish groups and the Iraqi government are resuming their historical tension, with hostilities especially high in Iraqi Kurdistan and Kirkuk. On September 25, the Kurdistan […]

An Iraqi Kurdistan State? Realities Behind A Century-Old Dream

One month after Kurdistan’s historic referendum to secede from Iraq, the outlines of a looming regional conflict seem to have materialised more clearly. This past September, Iraq and the world witnessed the result of the referendum in which the proto-state overwhelmingly and unsuprisingly voted for full independent statehood. This seceding […]

Kurdish Independence: Iran, Iraq, And Turkey Form A “Military Triangle”

A rare sight for the highly polarized Middle East region in which the interests of a number of historic rivals may be converging. A series of meetings between high-ranking officials appear to indicate that Turkey and Iran, along with Iraq, are moving forward with an alliance of convenience, despite supporting […]

Turkey Warns Iraqi Kurds It Will Shut Airspace And Impose Border Controls

On Thursday, October 5th, 2017, Turkey issued a fresh warning to Iraqi Kurdish leaders, threatening to close its border with northern Iraq and shut its airspace after Kurds voted in favour of independence. “Flights to northern Iraq have already been suspended, the airspace and borders will also close soon,” Mr. Erdogan […]

Iraq Refuses To Discuss Results Of Kurdish Independence Referendum

The Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has stated that his government will not hold discussions with the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in relation to the referendum on Kurdistan independence from Northern Iraq because he views it as unconstitutional. He has also expressed a willingness to impose punitive measures on the […]

Pressure Increasing On The Kurdish Regional Government

Pressure is being placed on the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) as Baghdad imposes an international flight embargo, Ankara threatens restrictions on oil trading, and Iraq, Iran, and Turkey hold border military drills following Monday’s Kurdish independence referendum. Electoral officials on Wednesday told a news conference in Erbil, the capital of […]

Prospective Independence For Kurdistan

Iraqi Kurdistan has been granted an independence referendum despite significant opposition from government bodies. President of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Masoud Barzani has scheduled the vote for September 25. Following a century of violence and conflict, the vote is a huge step in the creation an autonomous Kurdish state. […]

Iraqi Kurdish Independence Referendum To Go Forward

A planned referendum on independence for the northern, Kurdish-majority region of Iraq will go ahead in the coming days despite the fierce opposition voiced by neighbouring nations and many within the international community. Masoud Barzani, President of the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG), has announced that it will go forward and […]