Foreign Policy Research Institute A Nation Must Think Before it Acts Iraqi Kurdistan Peshmerga Reforms: Progress, Setbacks, and the Path Forward

Iraqi Kurdistan Peshmerga Reforms: Progress, Setbacks, and the Path Forward

October 31, 2023 | 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm | Middle East Program

About the Event

The Peshmerga, the armed forces of Iraqi Kurdistan, have been undergoing a reform process for over a decade. This is crucial for the autonomous region, a Western ally in the fight against jihadi groups, to develop a professional army. While the United States and its European allies have supported these reforms from the beginning, recently they have voiced frustrations over the slow pace of the process. 

This event will delve into the reform process and assess its implications for Iraqi Kurdistan and its Western allies.

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Myles B. Caggins III

Myles B. Caggins III - Myles B. Caggins III is a retired U.S. Army Colonel with a distinguished career. He served as the Senior Spokesperson for the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS in Iraq and Syria, completing three combat tours in the region. Colonel Caggins holds the position of Senior Nonresident Fellow at the New Lines Institute for Strategy and Policy, where he specializes in public information warfare, U.S.-Kurdish relations, and the ISIS threat. He is founder and CEO of Words Warriors LLC a translation, public relations, and business advising company with offices in New York City and Erbil, Iraq.

Kamaran Palani, Ph.D.

Kamaran Palani, Ph.D. - Kamaran Palani, Ph.D., is a Lecturer in International Relations at Salahaddin University-Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan, a Research Fellow at the Middle East Research Institute, and a Research Associate at Ulster University.

Mohammed A. Salih

Mohammed A. Salih - Mohammed A. Salih is a Senior Fellow in FPRI's Middle East Program and a researcher and journalist based in Virginia, United States. He holds a Ph.D. from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania and has written for nearly two decades on Middle Eastern affairs for international news outlets, think tanks, and academic journals. ; Moderator