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After the Referendum: What Path Forward for Iraq’s Kurds?

  • Middle East Institute 1319 18 Street Northwest Washington, DC, 20036 United States (map)
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The September 25 referendum in Iraqi Kurdistan brought a chilling reaction from Iraq's central government. Baghdad disputed the legitimacy of the process, but especially rejected Erbil's claim on Kirkuk and other disputed territories implied by staging the vote there. Following days of military action that resulted in deaths and the retaking of Kirkuk by Iraqi national forces, the KRG has proposed to freeze the referendum results and seeks negotiations about the contentious issues. The United States, which opposed the referendum despite its reliance on Kurdish fighters combating ISIS, must now address the deepened rift between Erbil and Baghdad.

To consider the path out of this crisis, the Middle East Institute (MEI) is hosting Shaswar Abdulwahid (New Generation Movement), Peter Shea (U.S. Department of State), and Amberin Zaman (Al-Monitor). MEI’s director for Turkish Studies, Gonul Tol, will moderate the discussion on how Baghdad and Erbil can move forward with each other and with the Unoted States, Turkey, and Iran, and on how U.S. policy can effectively manage the dynamics between the players.

Event Details

  • Date: November 7, 2017

  • When: 3:00 - 4:30 AM

  • Where: Middle East Institute