The ‘Construction Council’ Bill 2019 – A Critique. By Dr Amer K. Hirmis*


The nearly year-old cabinet of Adel Abdul-Mahdi, the prime minister, has, in its regular weekly meeting on Tuesday, September 17, 2019, “approved the draft ‘Construction Council’ Bill [Miswadat Qānūn ‘Majlis al-I’mār’ - 2019] and forwarded it to the Council of Representatives”- the Iraqi Parliament for approval (

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Getting Reconstruction Right and Wrong: Lessons from Iraq. By Hideki Matsunaga

Matsunaga Hideki

Bitter experiences of reconstruction in the last two decades have made the international community hesitant to engage in robust reconstruction activities. Iraq’s reconstruction after the United States-led invasion in 2003 contributed significantly to this reluctance. Between 2003 and 2014, more than $220 billion were spent on rebuilding the country. Despite the huge a

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Rebuilding Iraq: Prospects and Challenges. By Abbas Kadhim

Abbas Kadhim

Reconstruction in Iraq cannot be achieved without universal reconciliation, economic and education reform, and equitable application of the rule of law The deterioration of Iraqi infrastructure predates the U.S. invasion of 2003. The Iran–Iraq War (1980–88) forced the regime to divert most available resources to military-related spending and cut back on new projects. As a resu

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The Contribution of the German KfW to the Reconstruction of the liberated Areas in Iraq. A Report by Moritz Remé *

Three KfW employees are travelling to Baghdad to clarify the details of investment packages to rebuild ruined public infrastructure. Not an easy assignment given that efficient structures are lacking, so necessary decisions are often delayed for months and international payment transactions are often blocked. But the biggest problem is the deteriorating security situation.  A

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