REUTERS/Stringer - Iraq's Oil Minister, Adel Abdul-Mehdi (L), meets with Iraq's Kurdistan Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani in Arbil, November 13, 2014.
Five Reasons for the Iraqi-Kurdish Oil Deal
December 3, 2014,
Yesterday’s agreement between the central government of Iraq and the Kurdistan Regional Government represents an important step forward for Iraq, although no one should expect that it will actually end the broader differences between Baghdad and Erbil. Kenneth Pollack examines the five key developments that enabled the deal to happen now after so many years of stalemate.