Iraq and Gulf Analysis

Ottoman Provincial Boundaries, Shiite Federalism, and Energy Conflict in Iraq

Posted by Reidar Visser on Monday, 20 November 2006 18:21

Among the internal provincial borders of the eastern Ottoman lands, the old boundary between the vilayets of Mosul and Baghdad has historically been the most momentous one in international affairs. But the line that divided Baghdad from Basra could in the future become equally important – as a factor in Iraqi politics, in wider regional power struggles, and not least in geopolitical conflicts over energy resources. Already today, the heated debate about new federalism legislation in the Iraqi parliament has shown that this ancient border relates to regional sentiments that on certain issues pit Shiites against Shiites… Full story here.

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