Archive for February 1st, 2015

As Battles Rage in Kirkuk, Political Solutions are Needed

February 1st, 2015 by Samuel Morris

There has been a steady growth in the fear of Islamic State ‘sleeper cells’ in the city, which has only been exacerbated by the flood of IDPs into the city. This, in turn, has led to the Sunni population fearing persecution at the hands of Kurds.

The discussion focused on how to make trade unions more effective and their contribution to the democratic aspirations of the Kurdistan Region.

Instead of direct peace-building initiatives that may actually add more fuel to the fire due to the volatile situation, the humanitarian community seems to be rightly prioritising social cohesion between stayees and returnees through an indirect approach.