On September 25, Iraqi Kurdistan is scheduled to vote on whether or not to become an independent state. The vote is seen by some observers as the culmination of a long and arduous struggle towards self-determination for Iraqs Kurds. Other stakeholders in the Middle East worry about the effects the referendum will have on regional stability. In this weeks MENA Salon we will survey views on the Kurdish referendum. We will also reflect on the tension between the right to self-determination and the principle of territorial integrity.
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The MENA Salon is a weekly coffee hour and guided discussion of current events in the Middle East and North Africa, open to all and free of charge.