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The Kurdish Perspective: Iraq, Syria, Turkey, and Beyond


Institute For Middle East Studies

On April 9, 2003, the statue of Iraqi president Saddam Hussein in Baghdad’s Firdos Square was toppled. Ten years after Iraq’s liberation not all is well in the country, although the Kurdistan Region has indeed been liberated from Saddam’s rule and it is thriving more than ever. Senior members of the Kurdistan Regional Government will discuss the current political stalemate in Iraq, including natural resources disputes and security confrontations in the Disputed Internal Boundaries. They will also provide their perspective on other regional developments, not least the situation in Syria, as well as prospects for conflict resolution in Turkey.



  • H.E. Dr. Fuad Hussein , Chief of Staff to President Barzani

  • H.E. Falah Bakir, Minister , Head of the Department of Foreign Relations

  • H.E. Qubad Talabani, Minister , Head of the Department of Coordination

  • Ambassador Edward "Skip" Gnehm , Director, Middle East Policy Forum, George Washington University

  • Pal Arne Davidsen , Ambassador Stuart Fellow at IERES