The past year of the project have seen the research team continue with two pillars of research that have, become more integrated as we move towards the final period of the project. These two pillars are (i) the investigation into the dynamics of the disputed territories of Iraq, and (ii) the building of our knowledge base on comparative situations of intra-state territorial contestation. Over the year the team has completed several journal articles and briefing papers and presented their work at a range of seminars and conferences. The team has also continued with research visits to Iraq and engaged extensively with counterparts in UK government departments, EU offices, and UN organizations. We have found that events in the disputed territories of Iraq – which have included the political parties of the Kurdistan Region holding a unilateral referendum to secede from Iraq in September 2017, followed by a military response by the government of Iraq in October – has resulted in the team members being invited to brief HMG counterparts on several occasions, including up to the level of Ministers.
Once again we wish to recognise the support of the ESRC without whom this project would not have been possible.
Full report can be obtained here.