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Talabani, Maliki and the Disputed Territories

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. […]

Barzani Throws Down the Gauntlet

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. […]

Boycotting Ministers Temporarily Replaced

Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki (pictured) has backed off threats to fire ministers boycotting cabinet, and has instead named temporary replacements, according to AFP. Maliki's spokesman, Ali Mussawi, said, "we cannot allow the government's work to stop. Their absence gave us two choices -- either fire them or consider them on leave. The cabinet voted that […]

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Small Victories for Maliki in 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. […]

Kurds Challenge Maliki Ally in 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. […]

Iraq in 2011: Protests, Political Problems and Farewell to the US

Another year in Iraq, another slew of tragic suicide bombings and jarring political crises. On the other hand, locals welcomed what economic progress they saw as well as the chance to become masters of their own political destiny, post-US-withdrawal, according to this article from NIQASH. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do […]

Bremerian Miscalculations at the End of a Long War

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 Could Slash Deficit Next Year

The high price of oil could prove the latest projection of a USD14.5bn budget deficit in 2012 as being too pessimistic. The Cabinet approved a $100bn budget for 2012 in the first week of December, although it is still waiting for Parliament to give its approval. The budget is based on oil at an average […]

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Testing the Independence of the Iraqi Judiciary: The Batikh Case

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. […]

Maliki Planning a New Majority Govt?

Supporters say the Iraqi PM is simply shoring up support and abiding by the law. Critics say he’s more interested in ditching the difficult three party system and starting a new government of his own. Will al-Maliki become Iraq's new dictator? Or will he struggle on with the democratic process, asks this article from Niqash. […]

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Gulf States Support Kuwait on Mubarak Port

The leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council said they support Kuwait in its dispute with Baghdad over the construction of the Mubarak port. The leaders declared at the conclusion of their regular summit in Riyadh that Mubarak port will ve established on Kuwaiti land and within its territorial waters as per the borders drawn by […]

The Hashemi Arrest Warrant

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. […]