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The Iraqi Kurdistan in the Post-Saddam Era: Security, Natural Resources and Foreign Policy Activism

In: Iran and the Caucasus
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  • 1 University of Kurdistan Hewler
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This paper examines the role of security and the factor of natural resources in strengthening the Iraqi Kurdistan Region’s foreign relations. The author finds that, in the post-Saddam period, despite countless obstacles from various sides, the KRG has managed to use security/stability and the oil and gas of the Region to develop and strengthen its foreign relations to a significant extent, which just a few years ago was nearly impossible for a federated unit, such as the Kurdistan Region in Iraq, to achieve.

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