Denise Natali

Destroyed vehicles are seen at the site of bomb attack on the offices of the Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan in Koy Sanjak, east of Erbil, Iraq, Dec. 21, 2016.  (photo by REUTERS/Azad Lashkari)

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Is Iraqi Kurdistan heading toward civil war?

Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017 | Denise Natali, Columnist

Iraqi Kurdistan is bracing itself for further political instability, economic hardship and armed conflict after the Islamic State has been defeated.

The myth of a tripartite Iraq

Thursday, Jun. 23, 2016 | Denise Natali, Columnist

Although it is often claimed that a federal state with an autonomous region for Sunnis, Shiites and Kurds would stabilize Iraq, this proposition has little bearing to the realities on the ground.

Don't underestimate Iraqi nationalism

Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016 | Denise Natali, Columnist

The anti-IS campaign in Iraq has deepened sectarian divisions between Sunni, Shiite and Kurdish regions, but despite communal and political fractures, many communities remain loyal to the Iraqi state.

Is Iraqi Kurdistan splitting apart ... again?

Friday, Sep. 25, 2015 | Denise Natali, Columnist

Political and economic tensions are chipping away at the autonomy, stability and unity of Iraqi Kurdistan as diverse local populations are calling for political reforms and an end to corruption.

Turkey’s protracted PKK problem

Tuesday, Sep. 1, 2015 | Denise Natali, Columnist

Although many Kurds do not like the leftist and secular agenda of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), the PKK has shown great resilience, in part as the result of the fragmented Iraqi and Syrian states and political missteps by Turkey.

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Denise Natali is a columnist for Al-Monitor. She is a distinguished research fellow at the Institute for National Strategic Studies (INSS), National Defense University where she specializes on regional energy politics, Middle East politics and the Kurdish issue. The views expressed are her own and do not reflect the official policy or position of the National Defense University, the Department of Defense or the US government. On Twitter: @dnataliDC

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