May 23, 2014

Iraq's Future Looks Like Kurdistan

Marina Ottaway, Global Public Square

The Associated Press

Kurdistan, much criticized in 2005 for insisting on a constitution that granted them autonomy at the expense of Iraqi unity, is now seen by many as the example to be emulated – compared to the rest of Iraq, Kurdistan is a model of stability and its economy is flourishing. If Baghdad recognized the right of Kurdistan to export its own oil, other provinces would demand the same and Iraq would turn into a federation with a weak central government or even a confederation. There is much talk of such a solution, particularly in the embattled Sunni provinces.

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TAGGED: Iraq, Kurdistan, Nouri Al-Maliki

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