August 1, 2012

U.S. Oil Firms Build Fiefdom in Iraq

Steve LeVine, Foreign Policy

AP Photo

Less than a year after the departure of U.S. troops from Iraq, Baghdad is losing a primary lever over independent-minded Kurdistan -- its grip on the northern region's revenue-earning oil industry. Kurdistan's secret weapon? Foreign oil companies are exasperated with Baghdad's stinginess and allured by the Kurds' more liberal terms for oil contracts.

Read Full Article ››

TAGGED: oil, Kurdistan, Iraq


July 31, 2012
Turkey Must Work with Syria's Kurds
Ranj Alaaldin, The Guardian
While Turkey may be threatened by Kurdish gains in Syria, there's little it can do to prevent an autonomous Syrian Kurdistan. more ››
July 28, 2012
Oil Ironies for Canada's Harper
Jeffrey Simpson, Globe and Mail
Those who have discussed the issue with him report that Prime Minister Stephen Harper has been worried a state-owned company, likely from China, would take a run at a major Canadian energy producer. Now that the massive China... more ››
July 20, 2012
Iran May Make Strait of Hormuz Irrelevant
Gal Luft, Foreign Policy
What the mullahs, their generals, and the 100 Iranian lawmakers who've expressed support for the bill to block the Strait should know is that, like the Ottomans a century ago, they are likely to be the prime casualties of any... more ››