The Battle for the Soul of Iraqi Kurdistan. BY MICHAEL RUBIN

  Iraq’s Kurds may be moving closer to statehood. But their progress towards democracy leaves much to be desired n the photo, Iraqi Kurdish policemen stand guard outside the United Nations offices in Erbil during a pro-independence demonstration on August 23, 2014. Photo credit: SAFIN HAMED/AFP/Getty Images “Independence and the right of self-determination is our sup

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The myth of a tripartite Iraq. By Denise Natali *

  Since the overthrow of Saddam Hussein in 2003 and breakdown of the Iraqi state, ethno-sectarian partition has become a popular political mantra. The assumption is that a federal state based on three autonomous regions — Sunni Arab, Shiite Arab and Kurd — is the most realistic way to stabilize Iraq and keep its borders intact. This claim has revived alongside the devasta

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