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September 27, 2019

Iraq
A Conversation With Barham Salih

President Barham Salih discusses the challenges facing Iraq, its role in the region, and its relationship with the United States.

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October 23, 2017

Iraq
Iraq, the Kurds and Me: What Went Wrong in Kirkuk?

I didn’t expect Iraq to use military force against the Kurds. And I believed, or hoped, the U.S. would step in.

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October 17, 2017

Kurds
Can the United States Broker Peace Between Iraq and the Kurds?

Washington should respond to sectarian conflict near Kirkuk by seeking to preserve a united Iraq while supporting Kurdish autonomy.

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May 8, 2015

Iraq
Iraqi Kurdistan and the Islamic State Group

Masoud Barzani discusses the current situation in the Kurdistan region of Iraq.

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May 3, 2019

Politics and Government
A Conversation with Rose E. Gottemoeller

This is the keynote event of the 2019 International Affairs Fellowship (IAF) Conference.

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October 4, 2017

Kurds
Unraveling the Oil Geopolitics Intertwined in the Kurdish Independence Referendum

For over a decade, U.S. efforts to promote stability across the Middle East have run afoul of many complexities. The recent independence referendum in the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) territory …

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September 11, 2017

Iraq
Is the World Ready for “Kurdexit”? Referendum Among Iraqi Kurds Has Middle East on Edge

Iraq continues to bedevil American foreign policy, and the world. Now the Kurds will vote on their own state.

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January 5, 2017

Kurds
Are Conditions Ripening for Iraqi Kurdish State?

Iraqi Kurds have enjoyed virtual autonomy for more than two decades, but formal independence might finally be in reach due to changing realities facing Iraq and Turkey, writes CFR’s Steven A. Cook.

October 26, 2016

Islamic State
The Meaning of Mosul

Iraq’s campaign to liberate Mosul from the Islamic State and restore the Iraqi government’s authority requires coordination among numerous armed groups with competing interests.