A Special Relationship or a Special Status

April 12, 2012

The White House statement regarding relations with Iraqi Kurdistan is an important step in the right direction. That of recognizing the region as different — but not separate– from Iraq. However, it is still far from establishing a special relationship. The statement came from the White House after President Obama joined a meeting between...
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A new Kurdish status in the Middle East?

January 30, 2012

The conference of the Kurds of Syria is once again a new reminder of the increasing role of Arbil in the region and its politics but with that comes another burden or risk. In the turbulent Middle East, if you become a source of headache for anyone, they too can become a source of...
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Driving a Ferrari with a Lada machine

January 23, 2012

When l.paul bremer dissolved the army and the bath party, he should have dissolved one more institution: the Iraqi Civil Service. One may think that this is such an extreme and irrational step to take but in reality it is one of the main causes for many of the problems that we face today...
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Time to Change Maliki

January 9, 2012

When something does not work, you fix it. If it stops working again, you may try to fix it one more time and then replace it with another or a better device. The same is true of people. If someone is hired to do a job and fails to perform, he is warned that...
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2012 more of the same

January 2, 2012

A year full of problems for the Kurds has elapsed. An other one is waiting, if nothing changes. Glancing through last year, Kurdistan of iraq has seen many events that started with political events in January and later developed into political standoff between the governmnet and the opposition and protests that led the government...
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February 3, 2004

The attack on the two main Kurdish parties has provided impetus for resolving their differences. By Hiwa Osman in Arbil Unusually for a Wednesday afternoon, the cavernous Sawaf Mosque in the centre of Arbil was packed. Rival leaders from the two most powerful Kurdish political parties – the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, PUK, and...
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