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Iraq in 2018 … What lies ahead?

By Padraig O’Hannelly. The year just gone by has seen many changes in Iraq, including the successful routing of the so-called Islamic State (IS, ISIS, ISIL, Daesh), the holding of a controversial vote on Kurdish independence, and a long-awaited improvement in relations with Saudi Arabia. The latter part of the year also saw a steady […]

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What’s Ahead for the Iraqi Dinar?

It’s generally accepted internationally that the elections in Iraq were, in the main, free and fair, but former prime minister Ayad Allawi’s narrow margin of victory means the results will be challenged. Prime Minister Nouri al- Maliki’s Shiite Muslim State of Law alliance filed a complaint on Tuesday with the Supreme Court, asking for a […]

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Now the Real Work Begins

Sunday’s election was long anticipated and keenly contested, and it will take many more weeks of negotiations before we finally know how the next government will look. Democracy is hard work, but most now seem to accept that it is vastly preferable to the alternatives. And while the horse-trading continues, it’s essential that those in […]

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