Maintaining, and actively managing, the status quo does not resolve any of the big questions, but it avoids “solutions” that are worse than the problems they are targeted at.
Governing (in) Kirkuk
Focusing on the dynamics of the process of settling the status of Kirkuk, principally within the framework of the...
The relationships between states and non-state peoples: a comparative view of the Kurds in Iraq
Published in The Kurdish Policy Imperative (ed. by Robert Lowe and Gareth Stansfield, Chatham House/Brookings...
What does the future hold for Kirkuk?
Three months after parliamentary elections were held in Iraq, a new government has yet to be formed, and it appears that the status of Kirkuk remains one of the stumbling blocks on the way to forming a new coalition.
Conflict Resolution between Power Sharing, Power Dividing, or Beyond?
For more than 30 years a debate has engulfed the theory and practice of ethnic conflict resolution between advocates of consociationalism and their opponents. For much of this time, the debate has primarily been an internal one within the broader school of power...
Where next for a democratic Iraq?
The Iraqi elections and their results were certainly not a complete and utter failure in bringing Iraq closer to a democratic society but they also offer a glimpse at the challenges ahead.