Iraq’s Kurds were expecting Tuesday the announcement of a big “yes” vote for independence, as authorities in Baghdad weighed how to respond to a referendum they considered illegal. Are we likely to see more conflicts in the region given fierce objections from Baghdad, Turkey and Iran? US Secretary of Defense James Mattis arrived in the Indian capital late Monday, marking the first visit to the country by a Cabinet-level official from Trump’s administration. During his visit, Mattis said the US would share some of its most advanced defense technologies with India. The two sides also discussed India’s security assistance to US efforts in Afghanistan and the growing threat of terrorism on the India-Pakistan border. How should we look at the US-India partnership in this context?