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Peshmerga

New Emerging Trends to an Age-Old Challenge: Stable Governance in Northern Iraq

Aniseh Bassiri Tabrizi, Aaditya Dave, Gareth Stansfield and Stefan Wolff
Conference Reports, 2 June 2017
International Security Studies, Iraq, Global Security Issues, Terrorism, Middle East and North Africa
Report from a roundtable looking at the challenges facing Iraq after Daesh, focusing especially on post-war identities and stable government in the north of the country.

On 9 February 2017, RUSI, the University of Birmingham and the University of Exeter, through ESRC funding, hosted a roundtable to discuss the challenges in reconstituting Iraq after the battle against Daesh (also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS), focusing in particular on the relationship between Baghdad, the Kurdistan Region and the disputed areas between them. 

This report summarises the major conclusions and talking points of the discussion, which focused mainly on four key topics: Iraqi identity and sectarian dynamics; the possibility and consequences of decentralisation; intra-Kurdish tension and the future of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG); and the role of the international community. 

Aniseh Bassiri Tabrizi is a Research Fellow in International Security Studies at RUSI.

Aaditya Dave is a Research Intern in International Security Studies at RUSI.

Gareth Stansfield is Professor of Middle East Politics at the university of Exeter, and a Senior
Associate Fellow of RUSI.

Stefan Wolff is Professor of International Security at the University of Birmingham and an
Associate Fellow of RUSI. His expertise is in the international management of intra-state conflict
and war-to-peace transitions.

Banner image: Female Zeravani soldiers, who are a branch of the Peshmerga, attend a three-week basic infantry skills course intended to improve their tactical knowledge to aid in the fight against Daesh. Courtesy of US Army/Spc. Jessica Hurst.

Author

Dr Aniseh Bassiri Tabrizi
Research Fellow

Aniseh Bassiri Tabrizi is a Research Fellow at RUSI. Her research is concerned with security in the Middle East, with a particular focus... read more

Aaditya Dave
Research Analyst
Aaditya Dave is a Research Analyst focusing on South Asia... read more
Gareth Stansfield
Senior Associate Fellow and Director of Middle East Studies

Professor Gareth Stansfield is a Senior Associate Fellow with special reference to the Middle East and Islamic world. He is professor of... read more

Stefan Wolff
Associate Fellow

Stefan Wolff is Professor of International Security at the University of Birmingham, having previously been a professor at the... read more

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