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    Selective Transparency: Things You Can’t See About KRG Oil

Selective Transparency: Things You Can’t See About KRG Oil

by Patrick Osgood

In January the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) published what it described as an audit of oil data and revenue conducted by accounting firm Deloitte, “to prove its commitment to transparency in the entire oil and gas sector.”

The problem is, the report is not the audit it was promised to be, and is scant in detail. It doesn’t […]

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    Understanding the Political Economy of the KRI: The way forward toward better governance

Understanding the Political Economy of the KRI: The way forward toward better governance

by Nesreen Barwari

Structural issues and recent multiple crises

As with the rest of Iraq, the KRI economy is characterised by four severe weaknesses:

High dependency on the oil sector. The KRI’s economy is highly dependent on oil that has enabled rapid economic development. Though suspended in 2014, constitutionally-mandated oil revenues from Baghdad constituted about 85 percent of the KRG’s […]

Turkish Enigma versus Kurdish Dilemma

by Cengiz Çandar

Due to the dramatic developments which unfolded during the last quarter of 2017, the Iraqi Kurds lost their hopes of an independent state of their own, perhaps for generations to come. Turkey’s loss was its most promising sphere of influence in the volatile region of the Middle East, the KRG. The relationship between the two exceptionally close players, […]

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    State-Society Relations in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq: A Mythical Abstraction?

State-Society Relations in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq: A Mythical Abstraction?

by Michiel Leezenberg

The Kurdistan Region of Iraq defies easy categorisation and demonstrates various paradoxes. Since 2005, it has been officially recognised as an autonomous region in the Iraqi constitution; but in the aftermath of the 2017 referendum on independence, the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) lost much of its autonomy, and furthermore its territory. KRG officials have pursued neoliberal policies […]

Opportunities to Rebuild Public Trust in the KRI

by Ayad Sediq

One of the major obstacles to providing quality services, fighting corruption and reinforcing the rights and freedom of expression in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI) has been political divisions and disputes between political parties. Since the uprising against Saddam’s regime in 1991, Iraqi Kurdistan was later to become a de facto autonomous region. The advantages afforded […]

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