A policy institute and professional network, CKRO seeks to enable a successful vote in northern Iraq and refine the model for status referenda worldwide.

We examine issues related to the constitutionally-mandated referendum in the Kirkuk region and disputed territories of the Republic of Iraq. In addition to our own research, we also provide news aggregation and current events, as well as evaluation of these developments as they relate to international best practices. The Center was also created to foster a broader understanding among policymakers, practitioners, and academics of potential challenges and opportunities as the Kirkuk Referendum process moves forward.

The Center for Kirkuk Referendum Operations provides research into all major questions facing post-conflict referenda. These include boundary disputes, voter eligibility, internal security, and concerns over regional stability.

More information about the Center for Kirkuk Referendum Operations and our ongoing work is available here.