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Nujayfi, Maliki, and the Seats of the Iraqiyya Breakaway Factions

The following article was published by Reidar Visser, an historian of Iraq educated at the University of Oxford and currently based at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs. It is reproduced here with the author’s permission. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. […]

Nujayfi Uses the F Word Again

The following article was published by Reidar Visser, an historian of Iraq educated at the University of Oxford and currently based at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs. It is reproduced here with the author’s permission. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. […]

UK Foreign Secretary meets Iraqi Speaker

Following Wednesday’s meeting with the Speaker of the Iraqi Parliament, Dr Usama al-Nujaifi, Britain’s Foreign Secretary William Hague said: “I was delighted to see Dr Usama al-Nujaifi in the UK for his first official visit. I reaffirmed the UK’s resolve to continue supporting the government and people of Iraq as they embrace democracy, reconciliation and […]

The Iraqi Parliament Closes Down

The following article was published by Reidar Visser, an historian of Iraq educated at the University of Oxford and currently based at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs. It is reproduced here with the author’s permission. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. […]

Paralysis Hits the Iraqi Parliament

The following article was published on Saturday by Reidar Visser, an historian of Iraq educated at the University of Oxford and currently based at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs. It is reproduced here with the author’s permission. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq […]

Govt to Review Budget due to Oil Prices

Iraq’s budget will be reviewed due to changes in oil prices, according to Aswat al-Iraq. MP Haitham al-Jubori said the differences center around the expected price of 85 dollars per barrel, pointing out that the government wanted to set the price at 80 dollars per barrel. This review necessitates sending the budget estimates to the […]

Iraq Names New Electricity Minister

Iraq named a new electricity minister on Monday, after the previous minister Raad Shallal [Shalal, Shallal al-Ani] stepped down under government pressure in August following allegations of fraud in two electricity contracts. “Parliament voted by majority to nominate Abdulkarim Aftan [Abdul Karim Aftan al-Jumaili] as electricity minister,” Faiza al-Obeidi, an MP with the Iraqiya list that […]

Parliament Speaker Investigated for Corruption

Iranian news agency FARS reports that senior Iraqi officials have launched a probe into corruption accusations against the country’s parliament speaker, Osama al-Nujaifi. Media reports in Iraq have leveled several corruption accusations against al-Nujaifi in recent days, and questioned the source of the $600,000 he has spent on repairing his house. Some Iraqi officials have […]

Minority-Government Strategy Is Working

The following article was published by Reidar Visser, an historian of Iraq educated at the University of Oxford and currently based at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs. It is reproduced here with the author’s permission. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. […]

Iraq’s Oil and Gas Law Threatens Stability of Govt

Who controls the Iraqi oil fields that could make the nation one of the richest in the region? As political rivals squabble, that question could be one that topples the precariously balanced Iraqi government, according to this report from Niqash. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views […]

Preventive Diplomacy in Iraq

In the following video interview, former UNAMI chief Ad Melkert (2009-2011) recounts how the United Nations supported dialogue over boundary issues and assisted Iraqi politicians to find a compromise on the electoral law that laid the ground for peaceful elections in 2009. (Source: United Nations)

Failing Oversight: Iraq’s Unchecked Government

The following report was published on 26th September 2011 by the International Crisis Group. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. To download the full report, please click here. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY AND RECOMMENDATIONS After years of uncertainty, conflict and instability, the Iraqi state […]