Call for Contributions to the Iraq Economic Review

Topic: Implications of the Baghdad-KRG Oil Deal

The recent agreement between the Government of Iraq (GoI) and the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) over oil sales has opened a new and uncertain chapter in the economic and political relationship between Baghdad and the KRG. The Institute of Regional and International Studies (IRIS) at the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani is calling for policy briefs that address the diverse economic, social and political implications of the deal. Selected briefs will be published in the Iraq Economic Review. Contributions should be approximately 1500 words and must address one of the following subjects:

1) Domestic Political/Economic Relations: How will the deal shape annual budgetary negotiations and broader political ties between Baghdad and the KRG? How will the deal shape intra-Kurdish political and economic dynamics?
2) Regional Trade and Politics: How does the deal shape the economic and political relationship between Iraq, the KRG and Turkey?
3) Energy Sector: What are the implications of the deal for international and local companies in the energy sector (e.g., oil, gas & renewables), particularly those with operations in the Kurdish Region of Iraq?
4) Accountability & Corruption: Does the deal help or hinder efforts to improve accountability and transparency in the governance of the country’s oil revenues?
5) Impact on Iraqi Society & Livelihoods: How does the deal shape the lives, livelihoods and economic opportunities of ordinary citizens? How might the deal shape inequality and unemployment? How is the deal perceived by different segments of society in Iraq and the Kurdistan region?


  • If you are interested in being a Contributor to the upcoming issue of the Iraq Economic Review (short-term consultancy), please email Shvan Najm at [email protected] with (a) your updated CV and (b) the title and a summary of your proposed piece (250 words maximum) by April 21, 2023.
  • Submissions must be made in English.
  • Research (e.g., interviews with informed sources, media analysis, etc.) is required. All pieces must include citations.
  • Contributors must be Iraqi nationals with relevant experience in politics, commerce or analysis.

Compensation: IRIS pays all contributors to the Iraq Economic Review. Compensation varies depending on experience and the level of contribution.

About the Iraq Economic Review: The Iraq Economic Review is a policy publication of the Institute of Regional and International Studies at the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani. You can review past editions of the Review here.