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Iraqi Kurdistan’s Independence Referendum

29 September 2017 - 8:00am to 9:15am

Chatham House, London


Karwan Jamal Tahir, The KRG High Representative to the UK

Dr Renad Mansour, Academy Fellow, Chatham House

Chair: Dr Lina Khatib, Head, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House



In June, the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) scheduled what they said would be a binding independence referendum to take place on 25 September this year. The referendum will be held in the three governorates that make up the Kurdish Region of Iraq and in the areas of disputed territory currently under Kurdish military control. Following the announcement, a number of world powers expressed their concern that the vote could spark instability and conflict within the region.

The KRG High Representative to the UK and Dr Renad Mansour will analyse the potential impact of the vote. What is the expected outcome of the referendum? Would a vote either way alter the position of the government in Baghdad? How might the KRG seek to implement independence if the population voted in favour of it? And how might the outcome of the referendum affect the stability of Iraq and the wider region?

To enable as open a debate as possible, this event will be held under the Chatham House Rule.

This event is only open to Major Corporate Member and Partner organizations of Chatham House. If you would like to register your interest, please RSVP to Linda Bedford. We will contact you to confirm your attendance.