La bibliothèque numérique kurde (BNK)
Retour au resultats
Imprimer cette page

Kirkuk in Transition

Éditeur : Washington Institute for Near East Policy Date & Lieu : 2010, Washinton
Préface : Pages : 70
Traduction : ISBN :
Langue : AnglaisFormat : 216x280 mm
Code FIKP : 3515Thème : Politique

Table des Matières Introduction Identité PDF
Kirkuk in Transition

Kirkuk in Transition
Confidence Building in Northern Iraq

The research and production of this Policy Focus would not have been possible without the foresight, wisdom, and commitment of a number of people and institutions. First and most important, I would like to thank The Washington Institute’s trustees for their unstinting commitment to high-quality analysis in support of U.S. policymaking. Both they and the Board of Directors continue to make a real difference by nurturing the ideas and specialized information that policymakers need to make fully informed decisions. I would like to extend special thanks to Chairman Emeritus Fred S. Lafer for his longstanding support of my research on conflicts in Iraq, Yemen, and the wider Persian Gulf.

This kind of study depends greatly on institutional support, which The Washington Institute’s research and administrative staff provided in abundance. Many thanks are due to Executive Director Robert Satloff and Deputy Director for Research Patrick Clawson for encouraging our work on this project. I would also like to thank Michael Eisenstadt, permanent head of the Military and Security Studies Program, for his guidance. Other Institute fellows were generous in their support as well, notably Soner Cagaptay, David Pollock, J. Scott Carpenter, John Hannah, and Nazar Janabi. And special thanks are due to research associate Ahmed Ali, my good friend and colleague, for the invaluable research he contributed on Kirkuk city’s ethnic fabric and planned municipal development. Ahmed is an example to all analysts—thoughtful, honest, and eager to learn.

The Institute’s editorial staff deserves a big thankyou for the effort it put into editing and producing this study. Working under severe time and resource constraints, they efficiently shepherded it to completion and were great fun to work with, as always. Special thanks go out to Alicia Gansz, Mary Kalbach Horan, and George Lopez. Thanks are also due to Alex Tait and Vickie Taylor of International Mapping Associates for their rapid and high-quality work on the detailed maps of Kirkuk.

Finally, I would like to thank the many experts who provided vital information, opinions, and reviews. Although most of them cannot be named due to their roles in the U.S. government, Iraqi military, or Kurdish political community, three individuals merit special mention. Qubad Talabani, the Kurdistan Regional Government representative to the United States, deserves thanks for his gracious support of the project. Brig. Gen. David Paschal, who commanded U.S. forces in Kirkuk during a critical period in 2007–2008, provided crucial support as well. And Ambassador Thomas Krajeski, former U.S. special representative to northern Iraq, offered a valuable insider’s perspective regarding the challenges of developing U.S. policy on an issue like Kirkuk. I would also like to thank the staff of the UN Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) for their outstanding input.

Michael Knights
April 2010


Kirkuk in Transition
Confidence Building in Northern Iraq

Michael Knights
with Ahmed Ali

Policy Focus #102 | April 2010

All rights reserved. Printed in the United States of America. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopy, recording, or any information storage and retrieval system, without permission in writing from the publisher.

© 2010 by the Washington Institute for Near East Policy

1828 L Street NW, Suite 1050 Washington, DC 20036

Published in 2010 in the United States of America by the Washington Institute for Near East Policy,
1828 L Street NW, Suite 1050, Washington, DC 20036.
Design by Daniel Kohan, Sensical Design and Communication

Front cover: Brig. Gen. Abdul Amir Hassan, division deputy commander of the Iraqi army; Maj. Gen. Thaker Bakr, provincial director of police; Maj. Gen. Anthony A. Cucolo III, commanding general, U.S. 3rd Infantry Division; and Brig. Gen. Shirko Fatih Schiwani, representative of the Kurdistan Regional Government, cut a cake during the Combined Security Force (CSF) graduation ceremony at Kirkuk Training Center, Feb. 15, 2010. The CSF is a unit comprising U.S., Kurdish, and
Iraqi personnel and created specifically to enhance security during Iraqi elections. (DVIDS/Matthew Lestikow)


Michael Knights, a Lafer fellow and interim director of the Military and Security Studies Program at The Washington Institute, has worked on Iraqi political and security issues since the mid-1990s. As head of the Iraq Analysis and Assessments cell for Olive Group, a private security provider, he directed information collection teams throughout the country. He has also provided support for U.S. Provincial Reconstruction Teams and Human Terrain System personnel in Iraq from the outset of both programs. In 2002, Dr. Knights received his Ph.D. in Iraqi security from the Department of War Studies, King’s College, London. In addition to lecturing regularly at American and British military institutions, he has authored, coauthored, or edited many publications on Iraq, including the Washington Institute reports Provincial Politics in Iraq: Fragmentation or New Awakening? (2008), The Calm before the Storm: The British Experience in Southern Iraq (2007), and Operation Iraqi Freedom and the New Iraq: Insights and Forecasts (2004), as well as the U.S. Naval Institute study Cradle of Conflict: Iraq and the Birth of the Modern U.S. Military (2005). He has also published widely on security issues for major media outlets such as Jane’s Information Group.

Ahmed Ali, a native of Iraq, is a Marcia Robbins-Wilf research associate at The Washington Institute. Currently, he focuses on political dynamics in Kirkuk and wider Iraq, Arab-Kurdish relations, democratization, national reconciliation, and legislative-executive relations. In 2003, he worked as an interpreter and guide for French and U.S. media outlets reporting on the Iraq war, including CNN, the New York Times, France 2 Television, and the French magazine Paris Match. In those capacities, he traveled throughout Iraq’s northern provinces. He holds a degree in political science from Grinnell College and speaks Arabic, Kurdish, and Persian.

Fondation-Institut kurde de Paris © 2021
Informations pratiques
Informations légales