Related Articles
Outlook 2017
Forward article link
Share PDF with colleagues

After Mosul

Competing claims for northern Iraq will leave the post-IS settlement rife with new geopolitical risks

The fall-out of the campaign to reclaim Mosul and the surrounding province of Nineveh will be a central preoccupation of Iraq in 2017. Control of the north will need to be resolved and will be a thorny matter. This is already a key problem in Kirkuk. There, Baghdad exercises authority over the North Oil Company (NOC), which runs oilfields in Kirkuk proper; the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), based in Sulaymaniyah, has political control of Kirkuk's provincial institutions and security control of most of the province including the NOC-administered fields; while Masud Barzani's Kurdistani Democratic Party (KDP) has security control of the oil-rich district of Makhmur, which the PUK claims b

Also in this section
Qatar keeps on keeping on
21 March 2018
With the energy sector operating normally, the country is adjusting to life under sanctions
The Gulf stare down continues
21 March 2018
Tension between the nations is high, but war doesn't appear to be on the cards, despite escalating Saudi rhetoric
UK shale sector seeks revival
21 March 2018
Sentiment towards fracking remains lukewarm