May 3, 2011, 5:00pm
Federalizing Iraq: A Kurdish Perspective
Presenter: Khaled Salih, Visiting Fellow, Penn Program on Democracy, Citizenship, and Constitutionalism
Location: Cohen Hall, Room 203

The Kurds in Iraq have been viewed as victims of different governments, regimes and ideologies since Iraq's creation by the British at the beginning of the 1920s. The relationship between the Kurds and successive governments in Iraq have been shaped by promises, revolts, negotiations, wars, destructions and genocide. After the American decision to remove Saddam Hussein and his regime in 2003, the Kurds have played a different role in Iraq's political process. Khaled Salih, who witnessed the process of Iraq's re-creation closely will talk about the role the Kurds have played in federalizing the new Iraq.

Khaled Salih, born in Sulaimania, Kurdistan, is Senior Lecturer in Politics at the University of Southern Denmark. A specialist in Middle East politics, he was a consultant for the Iraqi Reconstruction and Development Council, served in Kurdistan as a constitutional advisor to the Kurdistan National Assembly and Regional Government, and is currently Adviser to the Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Region.

The Middle East Center