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Triumph for Maliki as Iraq Passes the Annual Budget

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 Approves $100.5bn Budget for 2012

After months of  wrangling, the Iraqi House of Representatives has finally approved the $100.5 billion budget for 2012, according to AKnews. The budget is based on an average oil price of $85 per barrel and 2.6m barrels per day in crude oil exports, up from last year's budget of $82.6b, which was based on an […]

Iran vs EU: Iraq Plays Go-Between in Oil Export Crisis

Iraq is demonstrating its unique position in the Middle East again, flexing its new diplomatic muscle to resolve an oil exporting crisis between the West, OPEC and Iran, according to this article from NIQASH. But who’s behind these efforts: Iran, the US or Iraq itself? Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do […]

Saudis Appoint First Envoy to Baghdad in 20 Years

Saudi Arabia has named an ambassador to Baghdad for the first time since Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait in 1990, Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshiyar Zebari (pictured) told Reuters on Tuesday. "This is a very positive development," he added. A Saudi Foreign Ministry spokesman said: "We nominated our ambassador in Jordan [Fahd al-Zaid] as ambassador for Iraq […]

The New Political Balance of the Iraqi Parliament

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. […]

Towards Asymmetrical Decentralisation in Iraq?

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. […]

The Arbil Agreement and the Real World

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 […]

US to Halve Iraqi Embassy Staff

The US State Department is planning to cut its diplomatic presence in Iraq by as much as half, the New York Times reports. Michael W. McClellan, spokesman for the embassy, said : “Over the last year and continuing this year the Department of State and the Embassy in Baghdad have been considering ways to appropriately […]

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Basra Postpones Bid for Independence

Last year the oil-rich state of Basra announced it wanted more independence from Baghdad. This year it changed its mind. Decision makers say the timing is wrong, critics say Baghdad put locals under pressure, according to this article from NIQASH. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views […]

Pragmatism Breaks Out in Iraq

There has been a welcome outbreak of pragmatism in Iraq in recent days. While the fact that ExxonMobil will apparently be allowed to take part in the auction for the fourth round oil licences was not entirely unexpected, some will see it as a climb down on the part of Baghdad. Others, such as Hess […]

Brain Drain with No Gain?

By T. Keyzom Ngodup, co-founder at Ideas sYnergy.  Ideas sYnergy is Iraq’s first multiple bottom line advisory company committed to inclusive economic and social development through market-based solutions that help build and scale youth-driven innovative ideas for social change.   An Economist report rightly pointed out that when people in the developed countries worry about […]

Arab League Summit to go Ahead in Baghdad

The Arab League envoy to Iraq, Ahmed Bin Hili, said on Wednesday that Iraq is ready to host the next Arab League Summit, expected to be held in Baghdad in March. According to AKnews, Bin Hili arrived in Baghdad on 30th January to inspect the preparations for the summit, which has been postponed several times […]