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The Future of Oil in the Middle East: Building Diversified Economies...

A joint webinar organised by the London Energy Club (LEC) in partnership with Iraq Energy Institute (IEI) Oil-dependent Middle Eastern economies face a monumental task:...

Building Resilience? Iraq’s Economy and COVID-19

In this report we examine some of Iraq’s economic trends in 2019, how they were impacted by COVID-19 and how private and public enterprise...

Webinar Summary: Iraq’s Lagging OPEC+ Compliance, Struggling Oil Revenues, And an...

On 20 June Iraq Energy Institute held a webinar on the current crisis; Iraq: Lagging OPEC+ Compliance, Struggling Oil Revenues, And an Economic Crisis...

Making Space for The Private Sector: An Interview with Ahmed Tabaqchali

This month we take a different tack and hear Mr.Tabachali’s views on the role of finance and markets, Iraq’s early efforts mobilizing financial technology (FINTECH) for the unbanked and kickstarting small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) growth.

Washington and Baghdad’s New Government: A Test of Economics

It is no secret that Mustafa al-Kadhimi’s government is backed by the United States. After almost two years of struggling to deal with Prime...

Measuring Iraq’s Capacity: A Problem of Units and Systems

How do individuals who closely follow events in Iraq observe progress in state capacity and governance, two contested but related concepts? Those looking at...

Scaling up Job Creation: An Interview with Ewout Frankema

In our current series on job creation strategies – titled “Towards Sustainable Job Creation in Iraq“, we have been particularly keen to speak with...

Missing the long game: Washington’s high-risk energy diplomacy in Iraq

Washington’s foreign relations in the Middle East are often characterized by ebb and flow, tracking the region’s dynamic politics. But when it comes to...

Iraq In the Time of Corona: After ISIS, An Unwelcome Hydra-Headed...

Comprising 93% of fiscal budgetary revenues, 60% of GDP and 99% of exports, oil is indisputably the lifeblood of Iraq’s economy. The gravity of...

Short Term Goals for a Job Creation Strategy in Iraq

Job creation in Iraq has been a difficult undertaking for the Government of Iraq (GoI) as the country’s population of 38.43 million (as of...

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