With the oil-rich city of Kirkuk under its control, the government of Iraqi Kurdistan is moving toward formal independence from Iraq.
Iran’s energy engagement is serving to solidify Iraqi Kurdistan’s shift towards greater autonomy.
A “safe zone” in northern Syria could be a game-changer, but not necessarily a welcome one for the fight against Islamic State.
The dynamic in the Middle East is changing. Recent events have pushed Turkey towards a more activist position against Islamic State (ISIS) and Kurdish forces, which is shaping the response of other regional players, and leading to new alliances that will impact the future of Syria, Iraq, and the wider region.
This past week has seen a sea change in Turkey’s foreign policy, one that threatens to upend the last bastions of stability in an otherwise chaotic region.