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The Kurdistan Region of Iraq after the Referendum

Chatham House, London


Bafel Talabani, Patriotic Union of Kurdistan Official; Leading Peshmerga Commander
Chair: Neil Quilliam, Senior Research Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House


For Iraq’s Kurds, the 25 September independence referendum has led to more questions than answers. Rather than achieving greater autonomy, they have lost one-fifth of their controlled territory, including most of their oil and gas fields. Amidst the disaster, a leadership crisis has emerged. In the ensuing power vacuum, Chatham House is hosting a roundtable discussion with Bafel Talabani, a political figure in the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) and a Peshmerga commander. Talabani’s political rise came following his role in a negotiated Peshmerga retreat from Kirkuk in October 2017. Moving forward, Talabani is now pursuing a political career to redress the reversals stemming from the failed referendum and rebuild the Kurdistan region of Iraq.

Attendance at this event is by invitation only.

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