Turkey’s relationship with Iraq has been shaped by domestic political dynamics in Turkey and wider geopolitical issues, including the Kurdish question in Turkey, Ankara’s relationship with the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and the conflict in Syria. Ankara has developed wide-ranging political and economic ties to different political actors in Iraq and has played an instrumental role in enhancing the autonomy of the Kurdistan Region over the past decade but the onset of the Syria conflict and the increased regional prominence of the PKK and its affiliates has undermined Turkish foreign policy, while Baghdad has raised concerns over Ankara's irrigation and dam projects that could trigger a catastrophic water crisis in Iraq. In northern Iraq, President Erdogan has threatened to launch a military incursion to remove PKK affiliates from Sinjar, which has resulted in heightened tensions with Iran and its proxies, who recently launched an attack on a Turkish military base and killed at least one Turkish military personnel.
Crisis Response Council, together with the Carnegie Corporation of New York, is delighted to invite you to a panel discussion on the future of Turkey's relationship with Iraq and the Kurdistan Region, focusing specifically on the implications of a possible Turkish military incursion into Sinjar, Turkey's political and economic relations with Erbil and Baghdad, Ankara's rivalry with Iran, and conflict mitigation mechanisms that can stave off a conflict.
We are delighted to welcome:
Denise Natali, National Defense University; former Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations at the Department of State
Osman Sert, Ankara Institute; former Member of the Turkish Parliament and advisor to Ahmet Davutoğlu
Lahib Higel, International Crisis Group
Güney Yildiz, German Institute for International and Security Affairs
For more details, please visit crcouncil.org or follow us on Twitter @CrisisResp.