In late September 2017, the Iraqi Kurdish authorities organized a referendum in which an overwhelming majority voted for independence. However, this outcome was not immediately materialized into independence. Dr. James M. Dorsey, a Middle East scholar from Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University, shares his thoughts on the referendum and expectations in post-referendum future. ...

The Politicon team does not necessarily share the opinions expressed in this article which is solely based on the thoughts and interpretations of our interviewees.   On October 1, 2017, Catalonia holds an independence referendum which has been declared illegal by the Spanish government in the attempt to prevent it from happening. However, the problem has deep historic roots and it's impossible to deny...

People in Iraq's northern autonomous region of Kurdistan are voting in an independence referendum, amid rising tensions and international opposition on September 25, 2017. This referendum can produce a new state on the world map, in the most turbulent region of the planet. Heydar Mirza, expert in foreign policy and security studies, comments on the situation.    Interviewer: Elmira Hasanova...

The recent diplomatic crisis occurring between Turkey and the Netherlands raises question about the reasons for the rapid escalation of a standoff between the two countries. The unexpected diplomatic incident followed by the mutual accusations and harsh criticisms happened between the countries preparing for the critical elections which could have brought unintended results for the both governments in...

The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) have been locked in a civil war with the state for more than half a century, but in the past four years the rebels have engaged in talks with government negotiators. Recently, the two sides signed an historic ceasefire agreement in Havana, paving the way for a formal peace treaty. Mr. Adriaan Alsema, the editor-in-chief of Medellin-based Colombia Reports...

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