Kurdistan’s Road to Independence: Building a New Economic Structure

By Tara Shwan

As the people of the Kurdistan Region prepare to head to the polls on September 25, 2017, in a historical referendum on Kurdistan's independence, we compare the economies of Iraq with other nations and ask, “What economic structure would a sovereign Kurdistan take?"

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Kurdistan’s Independence Referendum from an Economic Point of View

By Tara Shwan

This is not a political opinion, but an economic point of view. Some people in the Kurdistan Region oppose the proposed referendum for independence just because it's adopted by a certain party, while others argue that this isn't the right time for a serious step like that as the Region is suffering from severe economic crisis.

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Good Governance of Natural Resources for Economic Growth

By Paiman Ramazan Ahmad

Kaufmann et al (1999) defined "governance as the traditions and institutions that determine how authority is exercised in a country." Based on available literature including thoughts of neo-institutional scholars including, Douglass North and MancurOlsan, a positive relationship between the quality of institutions, governance structures, and economic growth is found.

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Jesus Roldan

Web and Digital Media Director

Jesus Roldan has divided his attention between computer programming, web design, and film production, following in the philosophy that all three of these technologies are merging with much greater intensity with each new technological development until they merge into one seamless medium.

With eight years experience working in the film and media industries within the Kurdistan Regional Government of Iraq, and Baghdad, he’s coordinated and managed projects from small $150,000 films to larger international coproductions of up to 3 million Euros (Flowers of Kirkuk). He has experience working with local crews and making the bridge with foreign crews to get the project done while minimizing cultural clashes.

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