Public Forum ‘Causes and Consequences: Regional and International Responses to Kurdistan's Independence Referendum’


The Centre for Kurdish Progress will be holding a public forum with Dr Mohammed Shareef, Lecturer in Politics and International Relations of the Middle East at University of Exeter and Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society (London) and Bill Park, Visiting Research Fellow in the Defence Studies Department, King’s College, London.

This event is kindly hosted by Mary Glindon, Labour MP for North Tyneside and chaired by Gary Kent, Secretary of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Kurdistan.

Please see speaker biographies below.

The event will take place between 7-9PM on Tuesday, 1st May 2018 in Committee Room 10, House of Commons.

Please note that security checks are required to enter House of Commons, we kindly ask you to arrive at 6.30PM, allowing the event to start and end promptly on time.

Having experienced a series of challenges since holding an independence referendum on the 25th of September 2017, the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) in Iraq has undergone a period of significant political change. Our keynote speakers will analyse the recent developments in the region and the international response to the independence referendum.

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We look forward to welcoming you to this event.

Speaker Biographies

Dr Mohammed Shareef is a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society (London). He has worked for the United Nations and is a Lecturer in Politics and International Relations of the Middle East at the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom and a former Lecturer in International Relations at the University of Sulaimani in Iraqi Kurdistan. Shareef completed his PhD in International Relations at the University of Durham and has an MSc in International Relations from the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom. He is a founding member and member of the Board of Directors of the London Kurdish Institute. His research interests include US foreign policy in the Middle East. He is the author of “The United States, Iraq and the Kurds: Shock, Awe and Aftermath” (Routledge 2014), “Kurdish Islamists in Iraq, From The Muslim Brotherhood To The So-Called Islamic State: Continuity or Departure?”  (KFCRII, 2014) and co-editor of “The Kurdish Question Revisited” with Professor Gareth Stansfield (Oxford University Press, 2017). Mohammed Shareef is also a strategist, author, academic, media commentator and analyst on the Kurdish issue. He has given numerous talks internationally at top Think Tanks and world-class academic institutions about Kurdistan and the Kurds.

Bill Park is Visiting Research Fellow in the Defence Studies Department, King’s College, London. He serves as a council member for the British Institute at Ankara (BIAA), is an editorial board member for the journal Mediterranean Politics, sits on the international advisory panel for the journal Turkish Studies, and is an advisor to the Centre for Turkey Studies (CEFTUS). He was Visiting Scholar at TOBB-ET University in Ankara January-April 2016. Among his publications are his book ‘Modern Turkey: People, State and Foreign Policy in a Globalized World’, published by Routledge in 2012 and numerous journal articles and blogs. He is currently gathering material for a book on Turkey’s multiple Kurdish problems. He is frequently consulted on Turkish politics by government departments, parliamentary committees and others, and has also been used by various media outlets as a Turkey expert.

Photo credit: Kurdistan 24 

The views of our speakers do not necessarily represent the views of the Centre for Kurdish Progress.


May 01, 2018 at 7pm - 9pm


Committee Room 10, House of Commons
House of Commons
London SW1A 0AA
United Kingdom
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