Baghdad-KRG Negotiations: Closer Than Ever to a Fair Deal

Author
Michael Knights
Content Type
Working Paper
Institution
The Washington Institute for Near East Policy
Abstract
Baghdad's promising offer on oil exports and revenues could provide vital breathing room to build a permanent revenue-sharing law, and Washington should encourage the Iraqi Kurds to sign on. On February 16, the Iraqi central government and the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) will hold another round of negotiations on oil exports and revenue sharing, the fifth such meeting since December 25. With passage of Iraq's 2014 budget delayed by the talks, all parties have a strong interest in striking a deal. Fortunately, such an agreement now stands a better chance of sticking than ever before.
Topic
Economics, Treaties and Agreements, Ethnic Government
Political Geography
Iraq, Arabia