The Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI) had a tumultuous year in 2020. In December 2020, it witnessed mass protests against the mismanagement of the Kurdistan Regional Government’s public finances and widespread corruption, which were suppressed violently, resulting in the death of several protestors. The protests have highlighted the need for urgent economic reforms and improved governance within the KRI. The instability of the KRI has been worsened by its ongoing budget dispute with the Iraqi federal government. The political instability and widespread corruption in Iraq and the failure to address Kurdish grievances constructively in the past have turned the budget dispute into an intractable zero-sum game. In February 2021, rocket missile attacks thought to be launched by the pro-Iran Popular Mobilisation Forces have threatened the KRI’s security. Frequent Turkish military incursions and airstrikes have further added to the instability in the region. In this online meeting we will discuss the recent domestic political dynamics in the KRI and how they have been affected by the recent developments in Iraq and the wider Middle East region.