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Joost Hiltermann


Quick Thoughts: Joost Hiltermann on Iraq and the Likely Limits of Kurdish Independence

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[In early 2016 Masoud Barzani, President of the Kurdistan Regional Government in Iraq, proclaimed that a referendum on Kurdish independence would be conducted before this year’s US presidential elections. More recently its prime minister, Nechirvan Barzani, has pledged the referendum will be held after the campaign to oust the Islamic State (IS) movement from Mosul is concluded. To get a better understanding of the dynamics and context of a potential initiative to declare ...

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Joost Hiltermann


Joost Hiltermann is Program Director, Middle East & North Africa, at the International Crisis Group, an independent NGO dedicated to preventing deadly conflict, for which he has worked in various capacities since 2002. Before that, he was Executive Director of the Arms Division of Human Rights Watch (1994-2002) and database coordinator and research coordinator at the Palestinian human rights organisation Al-Haq in Ramallah (1985-1990). He holds a PhD in Sociology from the University of California, Santa Cruz and is author of A Poisonous Affair: America, Iraq, and the Gassing of Halabja (Cambridge, 2007), and Behind the Intifada: Labor and Women's Movements in the Occupied Territories (Princeton, 1991). He has been a contributor to The New York Review of Books, The London Review of Books, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, Middle East Report, and other publications.