The RISS report was presented at the international conference in Loccum (Germany)

The international conference “Fate and Future of Iraqi Kurdistan: Opportunities and Risks of the European Policy in the Region” was conducted on November 15-17, 2017 in the Evangelical Academy of the city of Loccum (Germany). The conference gathered more than 70 participants from Germany, USA, Israel, Iran, Turkey, and Iraq. The Russian side was represented by Head of the Centre for Research Coordination of the Russian Institute for Strategic Studies I.Borovkov.

Among the foreign participants were representatives of such famous think tanks as the Council on Foreign Relations of the United States, the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), the German Institute for Strategic and International Studies, the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, Tel Aviv University, etc.

During the meetings the parties discussed key aspects and prospects of development of the situation in Northern Iraq, the consequences of the referendum on the independence of the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG), the views of foreign powers on the situation in the region. A lot of increasing challenges within Iraqi Kurdistan were noted. The debate about the Kurdish independence acquires great importance in connection with the aggravation of the problem of the disputed territories of Iraq after the victory over ISIS. Western participants tried to find out possible solutions to problem of Iraqi Kurdistan and Iraq  with consideration of emerging risks.

I.Borovkov delivered a report on the international legal aspects of the Kurdish referendum. The expert noted that the external conditions for the maintenance and development of Kurdish autonomy in Iraq have deteriorated significantly now. KRG is experiencing a political crisis. Prospects of creation of legal base to build an independent state, skipping dialogue with Baghdad, are not considering. Mr. Borovkov’s report gained a lot of interest from other participants.

The three-day conference enabled experts to share research results on this issue, to exchange views on further appropriate steps of the international community to stabilize the situation in the region.