1st Edition

Assessment of Failed Federalism in Iraq Federal in Name Only

By Hemin R.A. Akreyi Copyright 2025
    208 Pages
    by Routledge

    Akreyi explores the development of federal relations in Iraq from the adoption of the new Constitution in 2005 to the Kurdistan independence referendum in September 2017.

    The book investigates the key factors that pushed the Kurdish leadership to move towards conducting an independence referendum which will cover the issue of violating the principles of federalism which is, as of today, an outstanding issue between Erbil and Baghdad. It shows a true picture of the issues between the Kurdistan Region and the Iraqi government in Baghdad. The informative content is presented in an easy to grasp manner and originated primarily from face-to-face interviews with many relevant elites and decision-makers in Iraq and foreign diplomats.

    A valuable source for academics and students of politics and international relations at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels in all universities especially in the West and Middle East.

    1. Introduction 

    2. Literature Review

    3. Theoretical Framework

    4. The Quest for Autonomy and the Origins of Power-Sharing

    5. Post 2003 Iraq: Defining the Constitution and Territorial Disputes

    6. Operationalising Federalism and the Function of the Federal Structure

    7. Challenges of Operationalising Fiscal Federalism

    8. The Security Challenges to Federalism and Threats of Secession

    9. Conclusion


    Hemin R.A. Akreyi is an adjunct faculty member of the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Kurdistan-Hewler. His areas of expertise are federalism, foreign policy, oil, security, governance and public policy and he has published a book chapter titled: The paradox of federalism and the Iraqi Federation, published by Routledge in 2018.