Allawi handed the reins of Iraqi government as protests continue

The chances of political stability returning to Iraq hang in the balance, as Prime Minister-designate Mohammed Tawfiq Allawi tries to build a viable coalition of supporters within parliament and on the rebellious streets of Baghdad and other major cities. President Barham Saleh on 29 January warned parliament it had to make a proposal within days or he would unilaterally name a new premier to succeed Adel Abdel-Mahdi, who resigned in late November. GSN Issue 1,097, 6 February 2020. Read more

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Gulf boundaries and hydrocarbons infrastructure

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The Gulf region: economy and society

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Iraqi Kurdistan hydrocarbons infrastructure map

Revised in January 2015, this map provides a detailed overview of hydrocarbons infrastructure in the Kurdistan area of Iraq.

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A mysterious death in Romania points to rivalry for top jobs in Iran

The battle for power and influence in Iran appeared to take a gruesome turn on 19 June, with the as-yet-unexplained death of...

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Iraq needs more help to tackle revived, if fractured, Islamic State

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