Kur­dish In­tel­li­gence Agency Of­fi­cial gets can­did

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In a sem­i­nar held at the Sala­haddin Univer­sity Cul­tural Cen­ter in Er­bil on Jan­uary 26, Nazhat Hali, head of the Pro­tec­tion Depart­ment at the Kur­dis­tan In­tel­li­gence and Pro­tec­tion Agency, shed light on the roles univer­sity teach­ers and stu­dents play in the se­cu­rity of the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion.

Al­though pro­tect­ing peo­ple’s se­cu­rity is the re­spon­si­bil­ity of the govern­ment and se­cu­rity stake­hold­ers, Hali said they can only do this with the as­sis­tance of the peo­ple, which in­cludes the stu­dents who he con­sid­ers a core fac­tor in na­tional se­cu­rity.

Hali be­lieves the se­cu­rity agen­cies and the uni­ver­si­ties should work to­gether closely. He be­lieves the Re­gion’s aca­demic cen­ters need to pay more at­ten­tion to the sphere of na­tional se­cu­rity and open a spe­cial depart­ment re­lat­ing to univer­sity se­cu­rity.

Se­cu­rity and Ne­ces­sity

He pointed out that Se­cu­rity has been a pri­or­ity since the start of cre­ation, for hu­mans have been en­gaged in an un­end­ing strug­gle with na­ture ever since. Due to dif­fer­ences be­tween in­di­vid­u­als val­ues and in­ter­ests, these strug­gles have been trans­ferred to Mankind him­self. At first, the tools used for se­cu­rity pur­poses were very ba­sic, but as Man has evolved, so have his tools. Many changes have been made in the the­ory of se­cu­rity as academies have be­gun to study it aca­dem­i­cally. Spe­cial in­sti­tu­tions have now opened for deal­ing with

se­cu­rity is­sues.

Se­cu­rity and life

In Hali’s view, life would be very dif­fi­cult without se­cu­rity, since peo­ple and se­cu­rity are so closely re­lated. “If peo­ple de­velop, se­cu­rity has to de­velop as well. The best thing for stu­dents is to study hard in or­der to have a bright fu­ture and to serve their coun­try and fel­low cit­i­zens in the best way.”

Na­tional Se­cu­rity

Hali talked about the term ‘na­tional se­cu­rity’ and its his­tor­i­cal back­ground. He said the term was first used dur­ing World War Two in the United States of Amer­ica. The mil­i­tary threats the term re­ferred to were mil­i­tary and faced all coun­tries. Dur­ing a war, ev­ery coun­try has to pro­tect its own in­ter­ests, and this can only be achieved when the na­tional se­cu­rity is pro­tected well. Se­cu­rity in the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion In Hali’s opin­ion, se­cu­rity in the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion is equal to the power and abil­ity of the for­mal in­sti­tu­tions charged with negat­ing threats to the na­tional in­ter­est, to cit­i­zens and to for­mal in­sti­tu­tions. He thinks no coun­try can be suc­cess­ful without its cit­i­zens’ trust.

Since one of the in­tel­li­gence agen­cies’ main tasks is to col­lect in­for­ma­tion for the po­lit­i­cal lead­er­ships and to dis­close the se­cret threats that threaten the na­tional se­cu­rity, the in­tel­li­gence agen­cies need peo­ple to co­op­er­ate with them and pro­vide in­for­ma­tion on any­thing sus­pi­cious.

“De­spite the short­ages, what has been done for the re­gion so far is great. Kurds should not con­sider them­selves in­fe­rior in any way, be­cause we have been able to form this Re­gion which have been pro­tected and de­vel­oped well,” he ex­plained.

The Uni­ver­si­ties’ Role

Hali said the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion has wit­nessed a con­sid­er­able in­crease in its num­ber of uni­ver­si­ties and other ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions. Af­ter 1991, there were only a few thou­sand stu­dents and 150 in­struc­tors in the re­gion, but there are cur­rently more than 100,000 univer­sity stu­dents and tens of uni­ver­si­ties and in­sti­tu­tions. He also ex­pressed his hap­pi­ness over the num­ber of fe­male stu­dents now at univer­sity.

Se­cu­rity and Econ­omy

De­spite the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion still be­ing re­garded as part of Iraq, where ter­ror­ist ac­tiv­i­ties and ex­plo­sions are an al­most ev­ery­day oc­cur­rence, the re­gion has pro­tected it­self well against threats. The pos­i­tive se­cu­rity con­di­tions in the Re­gion have had a pos­i­tive im­pact on the eco­nomic sit­u­a­tion.

“While peo­ple did not use to spend their money for fear of war and other se­cu­rity threats, nowa­days lo­cal in­vestors are putting their money into the mar­ket,” he con­cluded.

Nazhat Hali, head of the Pro­tec­tion Depart­ment at the Kur­dis­tan In­tel­li­gence and Pro­tec­tion Agency

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