Ongoing crises spur more internal turmoil

The civil conflicts that began in West Asia and North Africa in 2011 continue to create internal conflicts as the various players are unable to resolve the economic and political crises in these countries. In Yemen, amid a brutal war and a humanitarian catastrophe, the government side is on the verge of its own civil war over the issue of Southern Independence and is tearing former allies apart. In northern Iraq, The Kurdish Representative Government’s (KRG) attempt to declare independence via a popular referendum has ended in disaster with the Iraqi military retaking large areas from Kurdish forces. The KRG is now in crisis with calls for its resignation.