Isam al Khafaji

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Isam al Khafaji
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Adjunct scholar at the Middle East Institute in Washington DC and contributing editor of Middle East Report, Washington DC.

Iraq: Mixed Opportunities, Messy Outlook? (Part II: Not Quite A Dreamland Yet)

Date: 15 February 2012

In part two of our feature on the Iraqi economy, we look at how the downfall of Saddam Hussein’s regime, and the subsequent introduction of the US, managed to shape Iraq’s oil industry and political scenario. Finally, we ask what the Iraqi government needs to do to ensure the nation’s future, particularly with the fate of its citizens at hand. 

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Iraq: Mixed Opportunities, Messy Outlook? (Part I: The Road To Entrapment)

Date: 8 February 2012

The Iraqi economy has gone through a roller coaster of changes for the last sixty years. In the first part of our analysis, we explore how Iraq fundamentally changed from an agricultural-based economy to one that relied solely on oil. We also question how this reliance on oil shaped the aftermath of Iraq’s economy and society after the Iran-Iraq war as well as the first Gulf war.

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