Kurdish Intelligence Agency Official gets candid
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 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.”
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