Is the potential independence of Iraqi Kurdistan a threat to regional peace?
Irfan Azeez, University of Durham
The determination to achieve Kurdish independence has been a rollercoaster, with different stakeholders in the region differing in opinion. What are the implications going forward and why are some forces in the region desperate to ensure that the goal is not achieved? These and many other questions have emerged after the referendum was carried out. Only time can answer some of these. While some analysts have hailed the referendum as a bold step, others have criticised it for raising tensions (or expect that tensions will be raised in the region), citing some of the demonstrations against it. Regardless, the voice of the people ought not to be ignored. The situation is delicate and requires thorough negotiation, absolute patience and wisdom. This article analyses and makes a case in support of the Kurdish independence. It argues that independence per se is not a threat to the peace in the region or a distraction to the US-led coalition against the Islamic State (IS).
Irfan Azeez (July 2018) Peace, Stability & Security