Iraqi Kurdistan – the beginning of a new crisis in the Middle East?

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Series Details No.247 (08.08.17)
Publication Date 08/08/2017
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Against the backdrop of the ongoing dismantling of Islamic State (IS) and the preparations for the independence referendum in Iraqi Kurdistan scheduled for 25 September, Iraq as a whole is facing a new conflict which is likely to result in a thorough revision of the present balance of power in this part of the Middle East. A serious risk has emerged that the conflict may rapidly escalate, and its consequences may be more serious for the Middle East and Europe than the fight against Islamic State.

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ESO: Background information: Regional implications of Iraqi Kurdistan's quest for independence (European Parliament: European Parliamentary Research Service, December 2016)

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