The Future of Kurdistan in Iraq
Brendan O’Leary, Lauder Professor of Political Science and Director of the Solomon Asch Center for the Study of Ethnopolitical Conflict at the University of Pennsylvania, gave a lecture on “The Future of Kurdistan in Iraq,” on Monday, April 4, 2005, in 016 Robertson Hall on the Princeton University campus. The lecture was co-sponsored by LISD and the Woodrow Wilson School.
A leading authority on national and ethnic conflict within deeply divided territories, O’Leary is currently working on Kurdish interests in the constitutional reconstruction of Iraq serving as a constitutional advisor to the parliament and the Kurdish Regional Government. During this time, O’Leary has written several articles discussing this process, including “A Transactional Law Worth Fighting For,” “Multi-national Federalism, Federacy, Power-sharing and Kurds of Iraq,” “Multi-Nationalism, Power-Sharing and The Kurds in New Iraq,” and published The Future of Kurdistan in Iraq, co-authored with John McGarry.
O’Leary’s research interests and expertise span the topics of national and ethnic conflict; conflict regulation; power sharing systems; democracy; human rights; and the history, political theory and political science of the state. He served as a leading public policy advisor to the British Labour Party and consultant on the Irish peace process. O’Leary has served an a constitutional consultant for the European Union, the United Nations in Somalia, and the United Kingdom’s Department of International Development in Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa.