Archive | Tariq Abdell

Iraq: Reconciliation or Partition?

By Tariq Abdell. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. “…The ultimate test of statesmanship is what to do in the face of war…”   — Thatcher’s statecraft The upsurge in Sectarian violence across Iraq underscores the blatant failure of Iraq’s consensual democracy […]

Iraq beyond 2011: Prosperity or Turmoil?

By Tariq Abdell, Iraq’s political risk analyst, Founder & CEO of  Mesopotamia Insight. The opinions expressed here are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.  The recent upsurge in violence across Iraq ( sticky bombs, car bombs, roadside bombs, targeted  assassinations, suicide bombers, prison breaks, etc…) underscores, irrefutably, […]

Postwar Iraq: Democracy or Theocracy?

By Tariq Abdell, Iraq’s political risk analyst, Founder & CEO of  Mesopotamia Insight. The opinions expressed here are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Mr  Gates, U.S. Defense Secretary, recent visit to Iraq underlines Washington’s  uneasiness and frustration with Baghdad’s indecisiveness and lack of  strategic foresight […]

Iraq and the new geopolitical calculus

By Tariq Abdell, Iraq’s political risk analyst, and Founder & CEO of Mesopotamia Insight. The opinions expressed here are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. In light of ongoing socio-political changes in MENA region, Iraq’s massive protests, from Zakho to al-Faw, accentuate the political astuteness and […]

Unlocking Iraq’s potentials: strategy and constraints

By Tariq Abdell, Iraq’s political risk analyst,  and Founder & CEO of  Mesopotamia Insight. The opinions expressed here are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.  As Iraq-business news celebrates its one year anniversary, MENA region is witnessing a fundamental political upheavals and changes,  costing Mubarak of […]

Corporate sustainability in post-conflict Iraq

By Tariq Abdell, Iraq’s political risk analyst, and Founder & CEO, Mesopotamia Insight The opinions expressed here are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.  Iraq’s impending multi-billion dollar mega-reconstruction projects (housing, roads, hospitals, bridges, airports, schools, dams, etc…) and its colossal and untapped natural resources – […]

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, […]