Archive for the ‘Iraq’ Category

Iraq’s Kurdistan Plunged Into Financial Uncertainty

Via FDI, an interesting look at how the failed independence referendum and resignation of president Masoud Barzani have rocked the Kurdistan Region of Iraq and its investment potential: Seen until recently as the most investor-friendly destination in Iraq, the semi-autonomous Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI) is now at its weakest point since pre-2003 following a failed independence […]

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Kurdistan’s Oil: Past, Present and Future

Via Global Risk Insight, a look at oil and gas reserves in the autonomous Kurdish Region of Iraq: The development of oil and gas reserves in the autonomous Kurdish Region of Iraq (KRI) is a recent phenomenon which began after the 2003 U.S.-led invasion of Iraq. Despite the KRI’s significant energy potential, it was impossible […]

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Iraq Attracting Deal Scouting Executives

Courtesy of the Wall Street Journal, an interesting look at growing investment interest in Iraq: For years, Iraq has careened from crisis to crisis. Now, some foreign companies see opportunity as the turmoil appears to be subsiding. After disruptive anti-corruption protests earlier this year, a degree of stability has returned to parliament. Weak oil prices […]

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Islamic State Oil Production

Courtesy of STRATFOR (subscription required), an interesting look at the Islamic State’s oil production: Oil production is a crucial source of income for the Islamic State. As of March, it accounted for nearly half of the group’s total revenue, bringing in roughly $20 million each month. Beyond providing funds, oil refining is also a much-needed […]

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Fallujah’s Highway 11: Retaking This Crucial Highway Link Could Keep Jordan From Economic Collapse

Via Foreign Policy, an interesting look at Jordan’s economic interrelationship with Iraq: When the Iraqi army pushed the Islamic State out of the isolated desert town of Rutba last month, the fight received little attention. Yet the dusty settlement, wedged into a corner of Iraq close to the Jordanian and Syrian borders, is a prize […]

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In Iraqi Kurdistan, Momentum Builds for an Iranian Pipeline

Courtesy of STRATFOR (subscription required), interesting analysis of the potential for a pipeline to take Kurdish oil to market through Iran: For years, Iraqi Kurdistan and Iran have been in talks to construct a pipeline that would transport Kurdish oil to the Iranian market. Until now, the negotiations have lagged as the Kurdistan Regional Government […]

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