Tag Archives | 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 […]

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 […]