Thursday, 10 January 2008
At 1102 GMT on BBC Radio 4
The Northern Iraqi region of Kurdistan continues to go its own way.
With a functioning parliament, a booming oil economy and a small but well-trained army Kurdistan is one place in Iraq where hope flourishes.
But as Kate Clark discovers the region faces formidable challenges.
Galloping inflation, endemic corruption and violent attacks by Iraqi Sunni extremists continue to threaten the hard won stability and progress of the Kurds.
At the same time, powerful neighbouring countries like Syria, Iran and Turkey are constant reminders of the fragility of the Kurdish homeland.
BBC Radio 4's Crossing Continents will be broadcast on Thursday, 10 January 2008 at 1102 GMT. It will be repeated on Monday, 14 January 2008 at 2030 GMT.
Reporter: Kate Clark
Producer: Bill Law