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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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Ron Samuels

Research Fellow

Ron Samuels provides a wide range of services as an independent consultant/contractor to a diverse global client base with a focus in performance management. Methods to quantify and qualify your businesses, determine strategies, achieve excellence in Organizational Development, Communications, and Human Capital/Leadership development are heart of his service. On every level, client satisfaction and a maximum sense of FLOW is desired for each engagement.

He has been described as an energetic innovator of unique business solutions and strategies for todays' challenging market. Grounded in mindset of Community First, his approach tends to begin at the core expanding to reach the farthest stakeholder in the equation. Everything matters…

His capabilities include business planning & development, Marketing strategies, detailed analysis, Teambuilding, focus on all existing resources and/or integration, development of new systems for productivity/service expansion. From advising start-ups to advertising, funding or brand strategies for existing companies—Social media, NGO development and more… The focus is consistency to achieve the optimal outcome.

Client List—

  • Domaine Minerals Mining International
  • American-Kurdish Economic Institute
  • The Osborne Group (TOG)
  • The Massaquoi Liberian Legacy Project
  • Festival Argentina
  • VOA
  • The Workforce Solutions Group of Montgomery County
  • Anne Arundel County Government
  • The State of Maryland
  • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

“Transforming your challenges into opportunity is my business.”


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