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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Hardawan Mahmoud Kakashekh

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Mr. Hardawan Mahmoud Kakashekh is a Lecturer at Salahddin University in Erbil, Iraq and research fellow at AKEI. He received his B.A. in Economics and M.A. in Applied Economics at Salahddin University. Subjects of his published research include: economic journalism, the impact of media on investment and economy, and the linkages between mass communications, information technology, and economic development. As a professor and a certified academic debate trainer, Hardawan excels at engaging and energizing his students and colleagues with his passion for economics.

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