Women's participation in the fight against ISIS has opened the door for improved gender equality across the Middle East.Read More
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Despite the attention the upcoming Kurdish referendum has attracted, it is unlikely that it will result in any significant political change, much less outright independence for Iraqi Kurdistan.Read More
For many, the answer seems simple: Turkey should listen to the demands of its Kurdish population and work alongside the international coalition against IS to fight the global threat that is looming on its border. But unfortunately, the situation is far more complicated.Read More
Kurdistan ramps up its oil exportation with a new pipeline to Turkey; Baghdad retaliates by attacking companies that have purchased "illegal" Kurdish oil. As the conflict becomes increasingly heated and multilateral, Iraq and semi-autonomous Kurdistan must deal directly with one another before the conflict ignites the region.Read More