Creating political space in Kirkuk

In 2008 and 2009 I was involved in a mediation project run by the Initiative on Quiet Diplomacy to assist local political leaders from Kirkuk in Iraq to overcome tensions between the communities they represented.

A case study based on this project details lessons from this year-long mediation process which culminated in the conclusion of the Berlin Accord in April 2009. The case study was co-authored with IQd’s Coordinator Craig Collins. It was submitted to the first “Case Studies in Peacebuilding Competition” run by the Academy for International Conflict Management and Peacebuilding of the United States Institute of Peace in cooperation with the Department of Political Science at Georgia State University and was selected as one of the winning entries.

Some of this work was shaped by, and informed, a subsequent publication on Governing (in) Kirkuk)%20Kirkuk.pdf. Published in International Affairs, this article focuses on the dynamics of the process of settling the status of Kirkuk, principally within the framework of the current Iraqi constitution of 2005 and the 2009 proposals of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq and takes into consideration the broader local, national, regional and international context in which such a settlement has to be achieved.