View Full Version : The Future Of Iraqi Kurdistan Interview With Columbia University’s David Phillips

03-09-2015, 03:20 PM
Every Kurd in Iraq aspires for independence one day. In recent years the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has taken steps to build its own economic base to achieve that goal. That has not come without costs as former Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki cut off the Kurds’ budget allotment, which provided the vast majority of funds for the region. Then in the summer of 2014 the Kurds were able to occupy much of the disputed territory it claimed as historically theirs as the Iraqi Security Forces collapsed in the face of the insurgent offensive. Kurdish politicians were jubilant over this turn of events only to be shocked when the Islamic State attacked them in Ninewa and Diyala. Since then the peshmerga have joined the fight against the militants in northern Iraq, and made a deal with new Premier Haider Abadi over oil exports to restore its share of the national budget. To help explain these recent turn of events is David L. Phillips, the director of the Peace-Building and Rights program at the Institute for the Study of Human Rights at Columbia University. Phillips formerly worked at the United Nations and State Department, along with holding positions at Harvard University, the American University, New York University, the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Atlantic Council, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the European Center for Common Ground, the International Peace Research Institute of Oslo, the Congressional Human Rights Foundation, and the Elie Wiesel Foundation. He also recently authored The Kurdish Spring: A New Map of the Middle East (http://www.amazon.com/Kurdish-Spring-New-Middle-East/dp/1412856809/ref=sr_1_6?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1423722416&sr=1-6&keywords=david+phillips+in+books) along with other titles.

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