Iraqi Kurdistan Referendum and its Implications

  • Hemin H. Mirkhan UKH Center for Regional and International Studies, University of Kurditsan Helwer, Kurdistan Region, F.R. – Iraq
Keywords: Foreign Policy, Iraq, KRG, Politics, Referendum


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 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.


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Author Biography

Hemin H. Mirkhan, UKH Center for Regional and International Studies, University of Kurditsan Helwer, Kurdistan Region, F.R. – Iraq

Dr. Mirkhan’s career experience over the recent years has followed a common goal - to help support and develop the Kurdistan Region. Along with his current position as director of UKH’s CRIS, Dr. Mirkhan’s height of career draws on experiences within Kurdistan Regional Government, KRG, from administrative management to advisory roles. He was the deputy general director at the KRG Council of Minister, member of advisory committee at the KRG Prime Minister’s Office, Director of International Organizations and the Department of Foreign Relations at KRG.  He cooperated and coordinated with relevant institutions, international organizations and authorities at the Kurdistan Region level. Dr. Mirkhan’s academic experience had been tailored around gaining business management knowledge, bilateral relations between government and organizations, and insight into international politics. He holds a PhD in Business Administration from California International Business University (2014), Masters in Politics and International Relations from the University of Kurdistan Hewler (2016), Masters in Business Administration in the Net Economy from the University of Picardie Jules Verne (2009) and BA in Translation and Linguistics from the University of Salahaddin. His overall specific interest is in developing partnerships for the advancement of Kurdistan Regional Government.


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How to Cite
Mirkhan, H. (2018, June 27). Iraqi Kurdistan Referendum and its Implications. UKH Journal of Social Sciences, 2(1), 17-18.
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