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President Obama Comments on New Iraqi Government

The following is a statement from US President, Barack Obama, on the formation of the new Iraqi government: Today’s vote in the Council of Representatives is a significant moment in Iraq’s history and a major step forward in advancing national unity. I congratulate Iraq’s political leaders, the members of the Council of Representatives, and the […]

Al-Maliki’s New Program For Government

In addition to proposing his new cabinet, Iraq’s Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki presented his government’s new program to Parliament this week. The full text of Iraq’s program for government is as follows: 1. Maintaining and commitment to Iraq’s constitution completely, and that any subsequent modifications will be in accordance with Article 142 of the Constitution, […]

Full List of Iraq’s New Cabinet

Following on from our listing on Monday of the main cabinet positions, we present a more complete line-up below, compiled from information sourced from Iraq Oil Report and Reuters. The official website of the Iraq cabinet has not published the official list, and has chosen instead to lead with an article about the importation of […]

Iraq’s new cabinet: economic recovery and the oil challenges

By Tariq Abdell, Founder & Chairman, Mesopotamia Insight. The opinions expressed here are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.   The unanimous approval of the new Iraqi government by the Iraqi lawmakers, to be led by the incumbent premier al-Maliki, is long-awaited news – ending nine tumultuous months […]

Iraq’s political sectarianism: National Reconciliation and the Oil Curse

By Tariq Abdell, Founder & Chairman, Mesopotamia Insight. The opinions expressed here are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. The absence, thus far, of a democratically elected and accountable government — over six months of political horse-trading — underscores Iraq’s fragile democracy that is exacerbated by […]

Iraq’s reconstruction: Strategy and players

By Tariq Abdell, Founder & Chairman, Mesopotamia Insight. The opinions expressed here are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. The end of U.S. combat operations in Iraq presents a unique opportunity for a new beginning in U.S.- Iraq’s relationship. However, given Iraq’s crippling challenges and U.S. […]

International oil companies: Overcoming Iraq’s uncertainty

By Tariq Abdell, Founder & Chairman, Mesopotamia Insight. The opinions expressed here are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Operation New Dawn, ensuing the U.S. perspicacious plans to end combat operations in Iraq Aug. 31, underlines the U.S. commitment to a torn country that is in […]

Post-Conflict Iraq: U.S. vs Iran

By Tariq Abdell, Founder & Chairman, Mesopotamia Insight. The opinions expressed here are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. I always believe that politics is the art of compromising, in other words, is knowing when and where to give or to ask. Alas, President Obama’s letter, […]

IOCs and Iraq’s Peculiarities

By Tariq Abdell, Founder & Chairman, Mesopotamia Insight. The opinions expressed here are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Recent oil conferences in Baghdad and Basrah, hosted respectively by the oil ministry and the USG, underscored the International oil companies (IOCs) poor situational awareness, strategic foresight, […]

Managing Expectations in Iraq’s Post-Conflict Climate

By Tariq Abdell, Founder & Chairman, Mesopotamia Insight. The opinions expressed here are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. The Iraqi oil ministry held a two-day oil conference in Baghdad to discuss and tackle international oil companies’ concerns about their current operations, chiefly: corruption, bureaucracy, and […]

Investing in Iraq: Post-Conflict Constraints and Rewards

By Tariq Abdell, Founder & Chairman, Mesopotamia Insight. The opinions expressed here are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Iraq’s Lebanized democracy coupled with its lingering and convoluted political impasse are perfect recipes for a week and sectarian-based government, that is shackled by the region’s geopolitics […]

Is Iraq Reverting to Square One?

By Tariq Abdell, Founder & Chairman, Mesopotamia Insight. Iraq’s recent upsurge of violence, fueled by political impasse and regional geopolitics – Notably Iran’s Mullacracy suicidal ambitions, could easily undermine its fragile democracy and, thus, plunging the country into a vicious downward spiral. The ongoing ignominious political ploys are creating a toxic environment compelling the majority […]