Despite the upheaval and violence that has occurred in Iraq over the last decade, the one region which has remained relatively stable is that of Iraqi Kurdistan. The Kurdistan Regional Government has maintained security while exploiting its natural resources. They have also carved out an increasingly influential role politically in the fractious Iraqi system of governance, and with elections scheduled in Iraq for this year, the Kurds could once again play a potentially key kingmaker role.
The increased importance of Iraqi Kurdistan has also been noted by the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee, which recently launched an inquiry into its policy in relation to this region.
By kind invitation of Meg Munn MP (Co-Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on the Kurdistan Region in Iraq), The Henry Jackson Society is pleased to invite you to a discussion with Minister Falah Mustafa Bakir, Head of the Department of Foreign Relations of the Kurdistan Regional Government. Mr Bakir will discuss the role of the Kurds in Iraq today, and the extent to which they will be influential new players in an increasingly dangerous Middle East.
The discussion ‘Iraqi Kurdistan: From Genocide to Liberation and Federalism’ will be with Minister Falah Mustafa Bakir, Head of the Department of Foreign Relations of the Kurdistan Regional Government in a Joint Meeting with the All-Party Parliamentary Group on the Kurdistan Region in Iraq in the House of Commons. Minister Falah Mustafa Bakir was appointed as the first Head of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Department of Foreign Relations with ministerial rank in September 2006.
TIME: 1 - 2pm, Wednesday 9th April 2014 VENUE: Committee Room 9, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA