The year just gone by has been a exceptionally difficult one for Iraq, as it attempts to tackle the misery being spread by the so-called Islamic State (IS, ISIS, ISIL), while at the same time managing the effects of a dramatic fall in the price of oil.
But without diminishing the enormity of these challenges, let's not forget that 2014 also saw the successful exercise of democracy in the country with a general election, and the first stage of a resolution to the oil export dispute between Baghdad and Erbil.
As we start into 2015, the new government of Dr Haider Al-Abadi enjoys the goodwill of the international community, much of which is providing essential military and humanitarian assistance.
Having welcomed in a new year, many of us will have hopes and dreams for the twelve months ahead. What are your hopes for Iraq in 2015, and what are your predictions for the state of the country one year from now? Whatever your connection with Iraq, we'd love to read your opinions in the comments section below.
With another challenging but potentially rewarding year to come, all of us at Iraq Business News wish all Iraqis at home and abroad a happy, peaceful and prosperous 2015.
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