Archive for the ‘2004’ Category
12 November 2004
Iraq plans to revive its national oil company, dismantled by Saddam Hussein, by the end of the year. But the structure and role of Iraq National Oil Co. are proving highly contentious, with arguments between Iraqi oil veterans, oil ministry officials and politicians in the interim establishment a reflection of the conflicting visions of Iraq’s future. Energy Intelligence Middle East correspondent Ruba Husari reports on the controversy, plus the high stakes involved.
When interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi outlined his vision for the future of Iraq’s oil …
17 December 2004
With the date fast approaching for the first parliamentary elections since Saddam Hussein was toppled, Baghdad’s neighbors are already fretting about the likely outcome: a Shiite majority for the first time in modern Iraqi history. That could lead to a dramatic shift in the geopolitical balance between Shiite and Sunni Muslims across the Middle East. Expressing the concerns of many in the region, Jordan’s King Abdullah last week issued a stark warnings that a Shiite crescent stretching from Iran into Iraq, Syria and Lebanon could emerge if …
14 June 2004
Iraq’s oil ministry is setting out on a process of preparing a new oil policy, as well as drafting model contracts and a petroleum law, to be approved later by the country’s elected bodies, Iraq’s new Oil Minister Thamer al-Ghadban said in an interview.
The work aims to prepare Iraq for its political evolution, which should see the adoption of a new constitution in around 18 months, followed by the formation of the first non-transitional government since the war.
The policy and legal documents are prerequisites for …