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BP Pulls Out of Iraq’s Kirkuk Field as Expansion Plans Stall

BP Pulls Out of Iraq’s Kirkuk Field as Expansion Plans Stall

LONDON/BAGHDAD — BP has pulled out of Iraq's giant Kirkuk oilfield after its $100 million exploration contract expired with no agreement on the field's expansion, dealing a fresh blow to Iraq's hopes to increase its oil output, three sources told Reuters. The move comes as Western energy companies reassess their operations in Iraq amid political turmoil following months of anti-government protests and a flare-up in tensions between the United States and Iran in the country. BP informed Iraqi authorities last month that it was pulling its staff out of the oilfield in the north of the country after its 2013 service contract expired at the end of 2019, the sources familiar with the matter said.
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Davos 2020: de-escalation in Iraq high on agenda

Davos 2020: de-escalation in Iraq high on agenda

The de-escalation of tensions in the Middle East, particularly in Iraq, will be high on the agenda at next week’s World Economic Forum Annual Meeting, which is the organisation’s 50th yearly gathering in Davos, Switzerland. Taking part in these efforts will be regional leaders including Barham Salih, Iraq’s President and Iraqi Kurdistan President Nechirvan Barzani, organisers said on Tuesday. The United Nations special envoy for Iraq, Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, will also be in Davos.
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Trump’s threat to ruin Iraq financially has a historical parallel

Trump’s threat to ruin Iraq financially has a historical parallel

It is outrageous to expect Iraq, which has suffered the loss of hundreds of thousands of lives and the destruction of its infrastructure and economy, to pay for its own occupation. When US President Donald Trump threatened to make Iraq pay for the sprawling US base west of Baghdad if it forced American troops to leave the country, I reached out to an old friend who was a professor of international development studies at George Washington University. Did he see any parallels, I asked, between Trump’s demand for billions of dollars from Iraq and a despicable, long-ago international episode between France and Haiti?
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The saga of Iraq’s debts

The saga of Iraq’s debts

When the U.S. invaded Iraq in 2003, it was taking control of the most indebted nation in the world. Why it matters: Iraq's debt at the time was an astonishing $130 billion, and the eradication of that debt was a rare example of international unity and cooperation in the interests of a debtor country. The full story is told in "Tracing Iraqi Sovereign Debt Through Defaults and Restructuring," a new paper from the London School of Economics' Simon Hinrichsen, who has also created the astonishing chart above.
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Why Trump’s sanctions threat revives painful memories for Iraqis. By Yasmeen Alameri and Gretchen Frazee

Thirty years after devastating sanctions were first imposed on Iraq, President Donald Trump’s threat of new sanctions is a chilling reminder for average Iraqis of the pain, demoralization and hard choices they experienced amid policies of global economic pressure. In the fallout over the targeted killing of Iranian Revolutionary Guard Gen. Qassem Soleimani, Trump said this w

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The Soleimani Effect: A Game-Changer for Iraqi Crude Dynamics? By Ahmed Mehdi

The changing geopolitical landscape for Iraq’s energy sector   Much ink has been spilled over the past week assessing the current confrontation between the US and Iran following the US-ordered airstrike against Qassem Soleimani, commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards’ Quds force and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, deputy head of Iraq’s Popular Mobilisation Forces

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Iran’s Retaliation Could Cause A Middle East Oil Shock. By Gregory R. Copley

Iran’s clerical leadership, under “Supreme Leader” Ayatollah Ali HoseiniKhamene‘i, is expected to make rapid, significant, and symbolic responses to the targeted killing in Baghdad on January 3, 2019, of Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps Quds Force commander Maj.-Gen. Qasem Soleimani. It seems unlikely that the Iranian response would initially be to launch a military assault

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The Iraqi National Economy

WHEN AFFORDABILITY MATTERS: THE POLITICAL ECONOMY AND ECONOMIC
  This study by IOM Iraq, Returns Working Group (RWG), and Social
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Iraq’s Oil Industry Rocked By Two New Corruption
Barely a month goes by without yet another corruption scandal emerging or
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The KRG’s anti-corruption effort must start from its
If the Iraqi Kurdish region manages to reform its oil industry, it
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Oil & Gas Policy

The Soleimani Effect: A Game-Changer for Iraqi Crude
The changing geopolitical landscape for Iraq’s energy sector   Much ink has
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Iran’s Retaliation Could Cause A Middle East Oil
Iran’s clerical leadership, under “Supreme Leader” Ayatollah Ali HoseiniKhamene‘i, is expected to
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The Superpowers Battling Over Iraq’s Giant Oil Field.
Ever since the U.S. signalled through its effective withdrawal from Syria that
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Iraq’s Oil Industry Rocked By Two New Corruption
Barely a month goes by without yet another corruption scandal emerging or
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