About 1 year ago
From its inception 6 months ago, the international
Conference set out with the ambition to bring together academics, researchers
and scholars, specialists in their political and scientific fields from
regional and global institutions and organisations, to discuss the pivotal
position Iraqi Kurdistan now finds itself in. The focus specifically being the
political arena domestically, regionally and internationally. His Excellency
the Prime Minister Nechivan Barzani opened the Conference following the Vice Chancellor’s
opening speech, with encouraging words. His Excellency stressed the importance
of this event in bringing together the greatest scientific minds in the world
to help assist KRI in its national development and act in the national
interests of the Region.
The two day Conference featured 4 vibrant and rich panels
addressing ‘Federalism, Secession and Recognition Regime’, ‘Neighbouring
Countries’ Policies towards Iraq and Iraqi Kurdistan’ and the two second day
panels which were both entitled ‘Global Powers’ Strategies towards Iraq and
Kurdistan’. Panel Chairs and Members were wide ranging in their specialisms and
native countries, from Russia to UK, US, Europe and the Middle East.
Institutions represented by speakers and participants included some of the
worlds’ top ranked universities including the US’s John Hopkins and UK’s UCL
and Cambridge. Attendance was full to capacity on the opening day with wide
media coverage and drawing much local, regional and international attention.
The Conference concluded on a very positive and uplifting
note in recognition that for the first time a gap had been bridged between the
Western and Middle Eastern perspectives with a mutual understanding of both and
where the work can now be done towards more solidarity in KRI’s aims with the
rest of the world. Presentations, outcomes and findings of the Conference will
be synthesised and collated into working documents which, as KRG has already
confirmed, will be used carefully and purposely to help shape and inform government
policy on the way forward for Iraqi Kurdistan, particularly concerning the road
to independence and for the strategic planning of Foreign Relations.