Lecture – 'The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: A Report From Iraqi Kurdistan at a Historic Turning Point'
Speaker: Maggy Zanger, professor of practice, UA School of Journalism
Description: In a devastating political misstep, the Kurdistan Regional Government held a referendum in September 2017 asking if residents in the KRG and in the disputed "Kurdistani areas" wanted to become an independent state. To no one's surprise, 93 percent voted yes. The local, regional and global backlash was immediate and severe. The referendum transpired in the wake of a brutal military campaign against ISIS, a multi-year dispute with Baghdad, rampant corruption and financial collapse. The punitive response to the vote has forced the region to its knees: The Kurdish leadership is in disarray, the people devoid of hope, and prospects for the future are dim.
This lecture is part of the Spring 2018 MENAS Colloquium Series and is co-sponsored by the Center for Border and Global Journalism.