Archive for the ‘Iraq’ Category

Turkmenistan and Iran Sign Deal To Supply Gas To Iraq

Via Associated Press, a report on a recent deal between Turkmenistan and Iran sign deal to supply gas to Iraq. Iran will build pipeline to aid delivery.  Turkmenistan and Iran on Wednesday signed a contract for the delivery of 10 billion cubic meters a year of Turkmen gas that Iran will then ship on to Iraq. The deal was […]

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Iraq Eyes Joining China’s Belt and Road Initiative

Via BNE Intellinews, a report on growing Chinese investment in Iraq: Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed Shia Al-Sudani confirmed on June 9 the possibility of linking China’s Belt and Road Initiative with Iraq’s strategic Development Road project during a meeting with Dai Houliang, chairman of China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC). According to a statement from the […]

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China Expands Its Oil Ties in Iraq

Via The Diplomat, a look at how China’s dominance in Iraq’s energy sector creates political interdependence between the two countries: China is the world’s largest crude oil importer, importing more than 11 million barrels daily. Almost half of this import need is supplied from Middle Eastern countries, although Russia is the single-largest supply of crude oil […]

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Chinese to Explore Iraq’s Oil and Gas

Via GeoPolitics in South Asia, a report on Chinese interest in Iraq’s petroleum assets: According to Reuters, Chinese companies won bids to explore five Iraqi oil and gas fields on Saturday in a licensing round for hydrocarbon exploration that was primarily aimed at ramping up gas production for domestic use. An Iraqi Kurdish company also […]

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Foreign Investment Undermined by Corruption Risks In Iraqi Kurdistan

Via Diplomatic Courier, an article on Iraqi Kurdistan which was once seen as a beacon of promise in the troubled country, but things have changed in recent years. Corruption and a disregard for rule of law are worrying for prospective international investors who are now avoiding Kurdistan: Iraq’s semi–autonomous Kurdistan Region, which was once seen […]

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Gulf Arab States Test Waters With Iraq Investment

Courtesy of Reuters, a report on growing Gulf investment interest in Iraq: Gulf Arab states pledge more investment in Iraq Ties growing after decades of strained relations Iraqi economy improving, helped by relative stability Questions remain over Iran’s influence In Baghdad’s Green Zone, a heavily fortified legacy from Iraq’s war-torn years, the glitzy Qatar-financed Rixos […]

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