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Attack on US airbase in Erbil is a reminder of Iraq's difficult path

Monday's rocket attack on a US-led military base outside the international airport in Erbil (Iraq claim an Iranian-backed group is responsible) is a reminder of the difficult path Iraq is navigating, with its ambitious reform agenda facing both polit...
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Stuart Culverhouse @ Tellimer Research 16 February 2021
Attack on US airbase in Erbil is a reminder of Iraq's difficult path
Attack on US airbase in Erbil is a reminder of Iraq's difficult path

Iraq: Hopes of IMF funding deferred

Iraqi Finance Minister Ali Allawi said in late January that Iraq was in talks with the IMF for a US$6bn loan package, split between US$2bn in emergency funding and a US$4bn programme. This seems to imply that the RFI was not approved, and will disapp...
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Patrick Curran @ Tellimer Research 12 February 2021
Iraq: Hopes of IMF funding deferred
Iraq: Hopes of IMF funding deferred

Iraq election delay risks more protests

The risk is that the election delay triggers a resumption of mass protests (and the use of force against those protestors by militia threatened by any change to the status quo of formal politics). Protests kicked off in October 2019 and one of the co...
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Hasnain Malik @ Tellimer Research 20 January 2021
Iraq election delay risks more protests
Iraq election delay risks more protests

Jobs matter more than votes: ESG pointers from Tunisia and Lebanon

Most would agree that economic stress, and specifically unemployment, breeds populism, and in extreme cases, radicalisation and insecurity. It is the EM echo of the message from Bill Clinton's 1992 election strategist James Carville, "It's the econom...
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Hasnain Malik @ Tellimer Research 18 January 2021
Jobs matter more than votes: ESG pointers from Tunisia and Lebanon
Jobs matter more than votes: ESG pointers from Tunisia and Lebanon

Iraq: Dinar devaluation kicks off long road to reform

The Central Bank of Iraq (CBI) announced on Saturday that it was devaluing the dinar peg by c20% from IQD1,182/US$ to 1,450/US$, and will sell dollars to local banks at the rate of 1,460/US$. This is the first currency devaluation since 2003, and the...
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Patrick Curran @ Tellimer Research 21 December 2020
Iraq: Dinar devaluation kicks off long road to reform
Iraq: Dinar devaluation kicks off long road to reform

Iran likely to react to nuclear scientist killing with restraint not revenge

Iran may be regarded as recalcitrant by its geopolitical opponents, and even portrayed as rabid by the most virulent amongst those opponents, but investors looking at oil price and the Middle East (Saudi and the GCC, Iraq, Israel, and Lebanon) should...
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Hasnain Malik @ Tellimer Research 28 November 2020
Iran likely to react to nuclear scientist killing with restraint not revenge
Iran likely to react to nuclear scientist killing with restraint not revenge