Behind the Kurdistan export dispute

After the end of Kurdistan's exports, the public debate has lacked solid information about the flawed export deal and the negotiations that produced it. Iraq Oil Report publishes key documents, analysis and interviews that explain it all.
Behind the Kurdistan export dispute
A worker walks past a storage unit at the Tawke oil field in Iraqi Kurdistan. Norwegian oil company DNO is extracting oil in the Kurdish region of Iraq. (SEBASTIAN MEYER/Metrography/Iraq Oil Report)

In early 2011, as the hype over the Kurdistan export deal faded, reality set in: leaders in Baghdad and the semi-autonomous northern region were no closer to reconciling their long-standing oil disputes.The agreement did lead to 14 months of crude exports from Kurdistan. But on the fundamental question of how to distribute the state's oil powers, the two sides moved farther apart. The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) expected Baghdad to make good on its promise to pay the dollar value...

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