Iraqi Kurdistan Referendum and its Implications

Hemin H. Mirkhan
2018 UKH Journal of Social Sciences  
The Kurds in Iraq have won the international community's trust as they have been part of the solution to the issues facing the region. Dissatisfied with Baghdad and overconfident that the regional countries will not backlash due to the referendum, the KRG proceeded with the referendum for independence in the Kurdistan region including the disputed areas. The KRG decision-makers were vigilant enough to avoid playing the nationalist card and make the case exclusively as a domestic affair. Neither
more » ... neighboring countries, in which many Kurds are residents, nor the international community supported the referendum. In this article, I would like to bring certain aspects of the Kurdistan Independence Referendum into a better light of appreciation. It will be argued that it is not about the process rather the structure of the international regime of recognition. The international community has opted for the already dysfunctional Iraq.
doi:10.25079/ukhjss.v2n1y2018.pp17-18 fatcat:ifrqxyocvjbslfs7q4n5nsq4pa