How independent is Kurdistan?

From Foreign Policy Tue Dec 11 2012, 13:23:07

Ironically, as Ben Van Heuvelen writes, if Iraqi Kurdistan becomes a viable state, it may be thanks largely to Turkey:

Kurdistan has already staked out significant autonomy, providing its own public services, controlling airports and borders, and commanding police and army forces. The energy deal with Turkey would all but sever Kurdistan's economic dependence on Baghdad, which is perhaps the primary tie that still binds the two sides.

"We are having serious discussions with the [Turkish] company," Kurdistan Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani said. "We hope they participate in the region."

The Turkish government has softened its opposition to Iraqi Kurdistan since the invasion of Iraq, while its relations with Baghdad have deteriorated. This stands in stark contrast to Turkey's concerns over Kurdish gains in Northern Syria. 

[view whole blog post ]
 See More    |     Report Abuse

blogAfrica is's platform to help you keep an ear on the African blogosphere. We draw diverse voices from around the world who post regularly and insightfully about African issues. Bloggers, submit your blog's rss-feed!

Today's Featured News
Mozambique Ruling Party Faces Tough Contest

Renamo supporters: Ruling Frelimo faces a stern challenge at Wednesday's polls from...

Surge in Central African Republic Violence

African Union troops in Bangui (file photo): The UN has expressed alarm...

Nigeria, Cameroon, Ghana Get Crucial Wins

Asamoah Gyan of Ghana (file photo): The Super Eagles have boosted their...