Turkey, Iraq, and the Kurdistan Regional Government
(Photo: Hurriyet Daily News)
The advances of ISIS have reheated the debate on the future of Iraq. The country is threatened by a new wave of violence and destruction, as a large swath of territory has turned into a conflict zone and an uprising has shaken the political order. The relative stability of Northern Iraq appeared to be strengthened, as the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) initially managed to keep the conflict at bay in the territories it controls. However the recent advances of ISIS have also underscored the fragile security environment in the country to which the KRG is also subject. The developments also highlighted the delicate position of many ethnic and religious groups most notably Turkmen, Yazidis and Christians. Turkey has both opportunities and challenges in Iraq, and keeps a close eye on the situation there. In this discussion, experts will address the future of Iraq and the KRG in the context of the current crisis, and will shed light on Turkey’s perspectives on the KRG, energy issues, minorities, and Iraq in general.
This event is co-organized by the Center for Middle Eastern Strategic Studies (ORSAM).
Bulent Aras // Global FellowSenior Scholar and Coordinator, Conflict Resolution and Mediation Stream, Istanbul Policy Center; Professor, Department of Arts and Social Sciences, Sabancı University.
Saban Kardas //Associate Professor in the Department of International Relations at TOBB University of Economics and Technology in Ankara; President of ORSAM-Ankara
President, Middle East Research Institute, Erbil, Iraq
President, Center for Strategic Research, Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Christian F. Ostermann // Director, History and Public Policy Program; Global Europe; Cold War International History Project; North Korea Documentation Project; Nuclear Proliferation International History ProjectWoodrow Wilson Center