A lecture by Minister Falah Mustafa Bakir, Head of the Department of Foreign Relations, Kurdistan Regional Government.
The Kurds, an often-ignored and -repressed people, are now a factor that cannot be left out of strategic calculations, whether in Syria, Turkey or Iraq. The Kurdistan Region in Iraq is emerging as an influential player in the Middle East. Its growing economy, stability and oil deposits mean that its presence is being felt, both internationally and within its tough neighbourhood. Is this to be a short-lived golden moment for Kurdistan or is it a sustainable process?
Minister Falah Mustafa Bakir was appointed as the first Head of the KRG Department of Foreign Relations with ministerial rank in September 2006.
Mr Bakir served as the Public Relations Officer of the Kurdistan Democratic Party from 1996 to 1999 and as the KRG Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Irrigation from 1999 to 2002. He was a Senior Adviser to KRG Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani from 2002 to 2004 when he was appointed Minister of State. He also served as the KRG’s liaison officer to the Coalition Provisional Authority in 2003 and to the Multi-National Forces Korean Contingent stationed in Erbil in 2004. Having been tasked with creating the KRG Department of Foreign Relations (DFR) in 2006, Mr Bakir managed the Department through the duration of the 5th and 6th Cabinets of the KRG and is now serving in the 7th Cabinet as well.
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