On Iraq Power, And Power Politics: MEES Interview with Luay al-Khatteeb

Luay al-Khatteeb, Iraq’s Electricity minister until earlier this month, this week spoke exclusively to MEES* about his time in office and the myriad challenges still faced by Iraq and...

Iraq lawmakers confirm new government, key posts left empty

The Washington Post   BAGHDAD— Iraq’s parliament voted to confirm Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi’s new government on Thursday while leaving key Cabinet posts unfilled.   The legislature voted in an unruly session to...

Iraq’s Post-Government Formation Economic Outlook

  Abstract: Iraq is at a historic crossroads after stop-start efforts to reform its economy. Rapidly recovering oil prices have seen the return of Iraq’s investment budget and are providing...

Where are Iraq’s Founding Fathers? The Need for Evolution, not Revolution

Historically, July has been known as a month of revolutions in many places around the world; the Americans declared independence, the French stormed the Bastille, and the Iraqis overthrew...

The Kurdish independence Referendum: Drivers & Implications

Q: What are the Main Drivers Behind the Kurdistan Regional Government’s Decision to Hold an Independence Referendum on September 25, 2017? A: Some foreign observers and the younger generation of the...

The possible devastating outcome of a Kurdish referendum

An attempt to establish a Kurdish state including Kirkuk is likely to result in a truncated and economically devastated mini-Kurdistan. The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) is planning for a referendum...

Saudi Arabia’s economic time bomb

Time is a luxury that Saudi Arabia can no longer take for granted. It faces an economic time bomb, which, if not defused, will have severe and possibly irreversible...

Iraq’s Economic Reform for 2016

In August 2015, Prime Minister Haider Al Abadi introduced reforms to shrink the size of the government and tackle corruption. Luay Al Khatteeb Founding Director of the Iraq Energy...

On Iraq Power, And Power Politics: MEES Interview with Luay al-Khatteeb

Luay al-Khatteeb, Iraq’s Electricity minister until earlier this month, this week spoke exclusively to MEES* about his time in office and the myriad challenges still faced by Iraq and its power sector. Below is a lightly-edited transcript.   Q: Thanks for making time to chat with MEES, are you enjoying post-ministerial life?   A: I’m claiming back myself, my freedom, and everything else! I’m literally claiming back my sanity because it was a...

Iraq lawmakers confirm new government, key posts left empty

The Washington Post   BAGHDAD— Iraq’s parliament voted to confirm Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi’s new government on Thursday while leaving key Cabinet posts unfilled.   The legislature voted in an unruly session to confirm 14 of Abdul-Mahdi’s 22 Cabinet nominees, enough to ratify a government.   But lawmakers failed to vote on key appointments, including ministers of defense, justice and interior, underscoring the discord plaguing Iraqi politics.   Lawmakers from the Islah bloc — the largest in...

Iraq’s Post-Government Formation Economic Outlook

  Abstract: Iraq is at a historic crossroads after stop-start efforts to reform its economy. Rapidly recovering oil prices have seen the return of Iraq’s investment budget and are providing a unique opportunity for the government to rebuild war torn cities and provide services for millions of citizens. The new government therefore faces the challenge of breaking with the past because even if high oil prices last, the economic inefficiency...

Where are Iraq’s Founding Fathers? The Need for Evolution, not Revolution

Historically, July has been known as a month of revolutions in many places around the world; the Americans declared independence, the French stormed the Bastille, and the Iraqis overthrew the monarchy. Recently there has been more comment on the idea of revolution in Iraq as the country suffers another torturous summer and the agonies of 15 years of instability and failure of service provision, on top of decades of...

The Kurdish independence Referendum: Drivers & Implications

Q: What are the Main Drivers Behind the Kurdistan Regional Government’s Decision to Hold an Independence Referendum on September 25, 2017? A: Some foreign observers and the younger generation of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI) would like think it’s all about the “Kurdish dream” of enjoying an independent state, championed by local Kurdish parties. But reality suggests otherwise. The current Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) is led by and dominated by...

The possible devastating outcome of a Kurdish referendum

An attempt to establish a Kurdish state including Kirkuk is likely to result in a truncated and economically devastated mini-Kurdistan. The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) is planning for a referendum to separate from Iraq later this year. This could easily lead to further ruin for ordinary people.   As both sides to the dispute push forward with increasing amounts of hubris, policy makers and observers should reflect on both the causes and...

Saudi Arabia’s economic time bomb

Time is a luxury that Saudi Arabia can no longer take for granted. It faces an economic time bomb, which, if not defused, will have severe and possibly irreversible effects both nationally and internationally. The 2014-2015 collapse in oil prices has slashed the Kingdom’s main source of revenue which makes 77 – to – 88 per cent of its total income. For the last two years, the Saudi government has declared a huge deficit in...

Iraq’s Economic Reform for 2016

In August 2015, Prime Minister Haider Al Abadi introduced reforms to shrink the size of the government and tackle corruption. Luay Al Khatteeb Founding Director of the Iraq Energy Institute and non-resident fellow at Brookings Doha Center talks to TOGY about why these measures will help the country survive. Iraq’s rentier economy is dominated by the country’s income from oil exports. Oil revenues constitute 43 percent of GDP, 99 percent...

On Iraq Power, And Power Politics: MEES Interview with Luay al-Khatteeb

Luay al-Khatteeb, Iraq’s Electricity minister until earlier this month, this week spoke exclusively to MEES* about his time in office and the myriad challenges still faced by Iraq and its power sector. Below is a lightly-edited transcript.   Q: Thanks for making time to chat with MEES, are you enjoying post-ministerial life?   A: I’m claiming back myself, my freedom, and everything else! I’m literally claiming back my sanity because it was a...

Iraq lawmakers confirm new government, key posts left empty

The Washington Post   BAGHDAD— Iraq’s parliament voted to confirm Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi’s new government on Thursday while leaving key Cabinet posts unfilled.   The legislature voted in an unruly session to confirm 14 of Abdul-Mahdi’s 22 Cabinet nominees, enough to ratify a government.   But lawmakers failed to vote on key appointments, including ministers of defense, justice and interior, underscoring the discord plaguing Iraqi politics.   Lawmakers from the Islah bloc — the largest in...

Iraq’s Post-Government Formation Economic Outlook

  Abstract: Iraq is at a historic crossroads after stop-start efforts to reform its economy. Rapidly recovering oil prices have seen the return of Iraq’s investment budget and are providing a unique opportunity for the government to rebuild war torn cities and provide services for millions of citizens. The new government therefore faces the challenge of breaking with the past because even if high oil prices last, the economic inefficiency...

Where are Iraq’s Founding Fathers? The Need for Evolution, not Revolution

Historically, July has been known as a month of revolutions in many places around the world; the Americans declared independence, the French stormed the Bastille, and the Iraqis overthrew the monarchy. Recently there has been more comment on the idea of revolution in Iraq as the country suffers another torturous summer and the agonies of 15 years of instability and failure of service provision, on top of decades of...

The Kurdish independence Referendum: Drivers & Implications

Q: What are the Main Drivers Behind the Kurdistan Regional Government’s Decision to Hold an Independence Referendum on September 25, 2017? A: Some foreign observers and the younger generation of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI) would like think it’s all about the “Kurdish dream” of enjoying an independent state, championed by local Kurdish parties. But reality suggests otherwise. The current Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) is led by and dominated by...

The possible devastating outcome of a Kurdish referendum

An attempt to establish a Kurdish state including Kirkuk is likely to result in a truncated and economically devastated mini-Kurdistan. The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) is planning for a referendum to separate from Iraq later this year. This could easily lead to further ruin for ordinary people.   As both sides to the dispute push forward with increasing amounts of hubris, policy makers and observers should reflect on both the causes and...

Saudi Arabia’s economic time bomb

Time is a luxury that Saudi Arabia can no longer take for granted. It faces an economic time bomb, which, if not defused, will have severe and possibly irreversible effects both nationally and internationally. The 2014-2015 collapse in oil prices has slashed the Kingdom’s main source of revenue which makes 77 – to – 88 per cent of its total income. For the last two years, the Saudi government has declared a huge deficit in...

Iraq’s Economic Reform for 2016

In August 2015, Prime Minister Haider Al Abadi introduced reforms to shrink the size of the government and tackle corruption. Luay Al Khatteeb Founding Director of the Iraq Energy Institute and non-resident fellow at Brookings Doha Center talks to TOGY about why these measures will help the country survive. Iraq’s rentier economy is dominated by the country’s income from oil exports. Oil revenues constitute 43 percent of GDP, 99 percent...

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