H.E. Sinan Abdulkhalq Ahmed Chalabi
Minister of Trade and Industry
Kurdistan Regional Government of Iraq
Introduced and moderated by
The Hon. Ross Wilson
Director, Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center
The Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRG) is an island of stability in a troubled region, yet the deteriorating security situation in Iraq, the civil war in next door Syria, as well as complex relations with Turkey and Iran pose challenges for the KRG. The upcoming Iraqi general elections in April will affect the political landscape in which the KRG has to navigate.
What are the priorities of the new KRG government in general and in trade and investment policy in particular? What is the perspective of the KRG government on relations with Baghdad, including with regard to the disputes over hydrocarbon resources? What is the KRG strategy for relations with Ankara in light of the opposition from the Iraqi central government to energy exports and the difficulties of the ‘Kurdish opening’ within Turkey? How do Syria and Iran play into the picture? What role can the United States and the transatlantic community play to promote stability and prosperity in the KRG, Iraq, and the wider region?
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