Iraq and Gulf Analysis

Archive for September 26th, 2007

Football, Quotas, and National Reconciliation in Iraq

Posted by Reidar Visser on Wednesday, 26 September 2007 23:59

Soon after the recent announcement that Norway’s Egil “Drillo” Olsen is the new coach of Iraq’s successful national football team, critical voices emerged in the Norwegian media. Some suggested that Olsen would effectively be “collaborating with the US-led occupation of Iraq”, whereas others were concerned that he might be unable to navigate the ethno-sectarian tensions of the country when selecting players for future matches… Full story here.

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Is Statoil Getting It Wrong in Iraq?

Posted by Reidar Visser on Wednesday, 26 September 2007 23:58

Recently announced plans by Statoil to open an office in Arbil, the capital of the Kurdistan federal region in Iraq, raise several critical questions about the company’s ability to gauge the fundamentals of Middle Eastern politics… Full story here.

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