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Iraq Denies Plans to Shut al-Ahdab Field

By John Lee. Iraq's oil ministry has denied a report from Bloomberg that it plans to shut down the al-Ahdab oil field in Wasit due to protests. In a statement the Ministry said the protests near the field are not related to the oil industry, but to the administration of the province. (Source: Ministry of […]

A more Just, Prosperous and Resilient Iraq can Emerge: UN Envoy

Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert briefed ambassadors on latest developments, including the appointment last week of new Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi, and the majority of his 22-member cabinet, following months of political infighting and stalemate. Although the pandemic has quieted months of corresponding protests, which saw Iraqis taking to the streets to call for an end to corruption, […]

Special Briefing: The Challenges facing PM Kadhimi

From The Middle East Institute. Any opinions expressed here are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Iraq special briefing: The challenges facing Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi Six briefing notes from Hafsa Halawa, Shahla Al-Kli, Yesar Al-Maleki, Randa Slim, Robert S. Ford, and Alex Vatanka. Click here […]

KRG PM Barzani calls for Constitutional Solution

Prime Minister Barzani chairs cabinet meeting, calls for constitutional solution to problems with Baghdad Prime Minister Masrour Barzani chaired a cabinet meeting in Erbil on Wednesday to discuss economic conditions in the Kurdistan Region and outstanding problems with the federal government. In the meeting, which was also attended by Deputy Prime Minister Qubad Talabani, the […]

Decentralization push sparks Fears of Division in Kurdistan

By Mahmut Bozarslan for Al Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Decentralization push sparks fears of division in Iraqi Kurdistan Is the Kurds' unity in danger in Iraqi Kurdistan, the autonomous region they managed to build after decades of grueling struggle? Fears of […]

Iraq's New PM must Manage Expectations

By Rend Al-Rahim (pictured), for the Atlantic Council. Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Iraq's new prime minister must manage expectations Mustafa al-Kadhimi was confirmed as prime minister of Iraq on May 6 and the task before him has rightly been […]

Peshmerga pushes for Joint Security Talks with Baghdad

By Jared Szuba for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author(s), and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Iraq's Peshmerga Ministry pushes for joint security talks with Baghdad The Peshmerga Ministry of Iraq's Kurdistan Region said it will send a delegation to Baghdad to discuss security cooperation and the […]

To Stop a US-Iran War, Finlandize Iraq

By Albert B Wolf, for Foreign Policy. Any opinions expressed here are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. To Stop a U.S.-Iran War, Finlandize Iraq A the coronavirus pandemic rages around the world and Americans remain divided on reopening the economy, lawmakers in the United States […]

New Government, New Legislative Agenda

By John Lee. The Iraqi government and parliament should pass legislation to address key human rights shortcomings in Iraq's legal system and take measures to minimize the risks Covid-19 poses to people in prison, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Thursday. With the formation of Iraq's government on May 7, 2020, parliament can now focus […]

Govt to Establish Emergency Cell for Financial Reform

The Cabinet held its regular meeting in Baghdad on Tuesday under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi. At the start of the meeting, the Prime Minister told the Cabinet that this Iraqi government came to office to address the challenges facing the country, combat poverty, reduce unemployment among young people, and deliver a fair […]

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Biog of New Finance Minister, Ali Abdul Amir Allawi

From Rabee Securities; re-published with permission by Iraq Business News: Mr. Allawi was born in Baghdad in 1947. He left Iraq in 1958 with his family after the 14 July Revolution (the 1958 Iraqi coup d'état, that resulted in the overthrow of the Hashemite monarchy in Iraq that had been established by King Faisal I in […]

Time for a Reset: Iraq's New PM and the US-Iran Rivalry

By Sajad Jiyad, for the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR). Any opinions expressed here are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.  Time for a reset: Iraq's new prime minister and the US-Iran rivalry Iraq needs to reset its relations with both Tehran and Washington in […]