KRG Minister of Natural Resources Ashti Hawrami during a speech at the 2015 Sulaimani Forum on March 11, 2015, as Iraqi Oil Minister Adil Abd al-Mahdi looks on. (Source: American University of Iraq - Sulaimani)

Baghdad-Erbil oil deal crumbling

The KRG is no longer transferring oil to federal authorities as prescribed in the 2015 budget and is seeking a better deal – with or without Baghdad.

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Barzani term limit disputes roil Kurdistan politics

KRG President Masoud Barzani gives an interview in Erbil on June 2, 2013. (AZAD LASHKARI/Reuters)

The end of President Barzani's final term – just two months away – has reignited fundamental arguments over the structure of Kurdistan's incomplete democracy.