Asian Journal of Environment and Disaster Management (AJEDM)

Volume 2 Number 1 (2010)

Asian Journal of Environment and Disaster Management 2010 2 1

doi: 10.3850/S179392402009000283

Managing Oil in Post-conflict Iraq

Mishkat Al-Moumin
Environmental Science and Policy Department, George Mason University, 4400 University Dr. Fairfax, Virginia 22030, USA.


This paper examines the connections between the legal framework of managing oil and the violent conflict in post-conflict Iraq. The vague language that is used in drafting articles 111 and 112 of the Iraqi Constitution of 2005 resulted in increased tension among political parties in Iraq, as these articles lack a state goal and a method to achieve that goal. Furthermore, the articles created a pressure cooker regarding managment of oil in Kirkuk, the oil-rich governorate. The paper concludes that the current legal framework hinders the peacebuilding process in Iraq.

Keywords: Iraq, Oil, Legal framework.

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