How did an election outcome that was supposed to have ushered in a new era of democratization and peace, instead lead the state into turmoil? The current violence is the cumulation of two coinciding developments: the rise of autonomous Kurdish territories in Syria, and the rise of the HDP.Read More
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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