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Ocalan March, United States

February 15, 2017 // 0 Comments

The PKK remains as a terrorist organization by the US Department of States. Despite ideological differences, the US is already has a healthy relationship with Ocalan's most loyalists in Syria and Turkey. In the coming years, the United States may be obliged to deal with a rising PKK affiliates in Iraqi Kurdistan, too. The PKK leaders such as Murat Karaylana nd Jamil Bayik have shown the willingness to engage with the United States even more. They invited the US to a third party role to the peace process in Turkey. [...]

KRG Reforms: Small Fish Netting

February 7, 2017 // 1 Comment

Since 2009, the rise of opposition in Kurdistan, tens of reform packages were introduced to the public. Yet, to date, no high-ranking official such as ministers, deputy ministers, general directors, and governors prosecuted for corruption charges, let alone prime ministers.  [...]

PKK Vs. KDP in Sinjar; What Is Washington’s Role?

January 29, 2017 // 1 Comment

Despite many efforts by the KDP to intimidate the PKK in Sinjar, but the PKK leaders refused to respond to the KDP's threatening statements because the PKK does not want to give KDP a justification to delegitimize the Yazidi units by portraying them as PKK militants. The Sinjar units are the Yazidis and will remain there forever. They are supported by both Baghdad and Washington, and the KDP's option is to deal with it and accept the new reality. [...]

Kurdish Statehood Trade-off; Winning Throne, Failing ‘National Dream’

January 17, 2017 // 2 Comments

Kurds are no longer the kingmaker in Baghdad and financially, Kurdistan cannot even go back to its old deal with Baghdad by getting 17 percent of the national budget. Iraq is imposing many conditions on the KRG before sending any money while from 2006 to 2012 KRG was getting full payment without prior conditions. All these happened under statehood and oil sale policy orchestrated by Barzani. [...]

KRG Politicized Forces Pose Threat to Human Security

January 16, 2017 // 1 Comment

This article argues that the politicization of the Kurdish military and security forces has a diverse and severe impacts on human security, and stability. The lack of nationalized armed force in Kurdistan remains the biggest threat to the future of Kurdistan. The Iraqi Constitution allows the KRG to form its local force and legalize the existence of Peshmerga, but Baghdad does not intervene in the details of the formations and the recruitment process. The ruling parties in Kurdistan has ultimate power over mobilization, recruitment, and financing the security forces. [...]

Can Turkey Stop PKK Expansion? What Barzani Can Do for Ankara?

January 13, 2017 // 2 Comments

After three decades of arms struggle and bloodshed, the Turkish Government should realize that the only way to deal with PKK is to make peace with it. Otherwise, the PKK continue to grow not only in Turkey, but it may become one of the decisive partners in Iraqi Kurdistan as well. It does not matter if PKK decides to evacuate Sinjar or Makhmour because the influence the PKK made on young Yazidis in Sinjar and elsewhere is not going go away. [...]

Why Did Sinjar Fall? Why Peshmerga Did Not Defend Yazidis?

January 12, 2017 // 1 Comment

More than two years after the fall of Sinjar, we ask this question: Why did Sinjar fall? This analytical piece is an attempt to get answer to some of the unknown stories about Sinjar. The information here is based on multiple interviews with witnesses, intelligent officials, and people who are aware of details of Sinjar massacre. [...]

Kurdistan; Another Woman Killed by Father, Why not Politicizing it?

December 29, 2016 // 0 Comments

While the West admires the role of the Kurdish female fighters in Rojava( Syrian Kurdistan), the women in Iraqi Kurdistan continue to suffer from many tribal, religious, and legal barriers. They continue to face atrocities and killings, mostly by family members. Yet, the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) failed to bring many perpetrators to justice. The Kurdistan's political system is itself a masculine dominated one and does not embrace women rights, except for a superficial purpose. Below is another tragic story of a woman killed by her father, one day after Sarwin's ambiguous death in Barzan area. [...]

The Second Coming of Talabani; Who Is Bafel Talabani?

December 28, 2016 // 5 Comments

Little is known about him, and he does not hold any official title, yet he appears like a deal maker and slowly taking the lead. Bafel Talabani, the older son of Jalal Talabani, Secretary-General of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), is getting the attention of media and the public. From a military/intelligence community to the center of the political fray in Kurdistan, Bafel Talabani is coming, and he is getting noticed. [...]