Rival KRG factions are edging toward government formation. But progress is slow. The benefits of ‘normalization’ would be felt in the KRG and Baghdad alike.

Perennial rivals the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) signed a four-year comprehensive 18-point agreement this week that addresses a host of sticking points between the two parties – ranging from the status of disputed Kirkuk and security coordination to greater...