The post-Kirkuk Operation KRG–Baghdad Relations: The Future Status of Barzani

Following the resignation of Masoud Barzani as president of the KRG, relations between the Baghdad and KRG administrations have entered a new era in which the semi-independent status of the KRG has become something of the past. The much spoken about Kurdish ascendance in the Middle East has inevitably proved to be a mirage.

Turkey’s balancing role in Iraq

Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) President Masoud Barzani’s nationalist ambitions not only ended his own political career, as he recently resigned …

Independence put on hold

Following the independence referendum in Northern Iraq, the KRG had been subject to political and economic sanctions from regional and …

KRG loses vital oil fields

Baghdad’s recent re-capture of Kirkuk is estimated to cost the KRG some 300,000 barrels of oil per day. Source: Anadolu Agency