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Who Is Sardasht Osman?

May 6, 2017 // 0 Comments

Erbil: On May 05, 2010, a young man in his twenties was walking to college to celebrate his graduation day. He was a student of College of Language, University of Salahadin, [...]

Who rules KRG?

February 18, 2017 // 0 Comments

By Hawre Hasan Hama The Kurds of Iraq had been systemically oppressed by different Iraqi regimes since the creation of modern Iraqi state in 1921. Consequently, many Kurdish [...]

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.  [...]

Double Standard, Inconsistent Policies of PUK

January 30, 2017 // 0 Comments

Having won the two times popular vote in 1991 and 2005 elections, the PUK is now becoming the third largest Party. Lack of vision for future and personal interests before the Party led to the emergence of the KDP as a decisive force. The PUK still has the potential to rise and become a key player in the game, but it requires a strong leadership and clear policies which are what the Party is missing now.  [...]

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. [...]