Analyst highlights potential benefits of US-Al-Sudani agreement for Kurdistan Region, Iraq

By laying the groundwork for discussions on issues pertinent to the Kurdistan Region, the KRG Prime Minister's visit has set a precedent for substantive engagement with US officials, paving the way for fruitful dialogue and cooperation.
Adel Baxawan, director of the French Center for Research on Iraq (CFRI). (Photo: Kurdistan 24)
Adel Baxawan, director of the French Center for Research on Iraq (CFRI). (Photo: Kurdistan 24)

ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) - Amidst shifting geopolitical dynamics in the Middle East, diplomatic engagements between the United States and regional actors hold profound implications for the Kurdistan Region and Iraq.

Against this backdrop, Adel Baxawan, director of the French Center for Research on Iraq (CFRI), offers insights into the significance of potential agreements and recent diplomatic visits.

Adel Baxawan, director of the French Center for Research on Iraq, underscores the strategic importance of diplomatic engagements between the United States and regional stakeholders, particularly in light of potential agreements with Sudan. Speaking to Kurdistan24, Baxawan highlights the far-reaching benefits that such agreements could yield for both the Kurdistan Region and Iraq.

Of particular significance are the recent visits to the United States by the KRG Prime Minister Masrour Barzani and Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed Shia al-Sudani. Baxawan emphasizes the importance of these visits in fostering dialogue and addressing key regional issues, underscoring their potential to shape the geopolitical landscape of Iraq and the Kurdistan Region.

According to Baxawan, the sequencing of visits—whereby the KRG Prime Minister preceded his Iraqi counterpart—has strategic implications. By laying the groundwork for discussions on issues pertinent to the Kurdistan Region, the KRG Prime Minister's visit has set a precedent for substantive engagement with US officials, paving the way for fruitful dialogue and cooperation.

Central to Baxawan's analysis is the potential impact of a comprehensive agreement between the United States and al-Sudani, spanning a range of issues. He argues that such an agreement could redefine the nature of the US presence in Iraq, potentially diminishing the influence of militias—a development that would bode well for the Kurdistan Region's security and stability.

By diversifying and strengthening its presence in Iraq, the United States has the potential to mitigate the dominance of militias, thereby creating an environment conducive to stability and prosperity. Baxawan contends that this would be particularly advantageous for the Kurdistan Region, offering a path towards enhanced security and diminished volatility.

As diplomatic overtures unfold and discussions progress, stakeholders in the Kurdistan Region and Iraq will closely monitor developments, cognizant of the potential ramifications for their respective interests. In navigating the complexities of regional politics, strategic diplomacy emerges as a pivotal tool in advancing shared objectives and safeguarding regional stability.