Kurdistan’s Road to Independence: Building a New Economic Structure

By Tara Shwan

As the people of the Kurdistan Region prepare to head to the polls on September 25, 2017, in a historical referendum on Kurdistan's independence, we compare the economies of Iraq with other nations and ask, “What economic structure would a sovereign Kurdistan take?"

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Kurdistan’s Independence Referendum from an Economic Point of View

By Tara Shwan

This is not a political opinion, but an economic point of view. Some people in the Kurdistan Region oppose the proposed referendum for independence just because it's adopted by a certain party, while others argue that this isn't the right time for a serious step like that as the Region is suffering from severe economic crisis.

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Good Governance of Natural Resources for Economic Growth

By Paiman Ramazan Ahmad

Kaufmann et al (1999) defined "governance as the traditions and institutions that determine how authority is exercised in a country." Based on available literature including thoughts of neo-institutional scholars including, Douglass North and MancurOlsan, a positive relationship between the quality of institutions, governance structures, and economic growth is found.

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Tara Shwan

Founder and Executive Director

Hardawan Mahmoud Kakashekh

Program Director

Jesus Roldan

Web and Digital Media Director

Bilal Said

Media and Communications Director



Paiman Ramazan Ahmad

Research Fellow

Dr. Ezat Sabir Esmaeel

Research Fellow

Dr. Razzaq Othman Mustafa

Research Fellow

Goran Mustafa Muhamad

Research Fellow

Saman Omer Hamad

Research Fellow