Analysis Brief

After the Troops

Author: Greg Bruno

Barack Obama's wish to withdraw U.S. forces from Iraq within sixteen months played well at the polls. But experts suggest his plans may prove hard to implement as Washington's influence in Iraq wanes.

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Transparency and Surpluses in Iraq's Oil-Dependent Budget

Joseph A. Christoff interviewed by Greg Bruno

An official at the U.S. Government Accountability Office says Iraq will retain a healthy budget surplus in spite of falling oil prices. He also notes that auditors' access to Iraq's finances could be curtailed sharply after the end of this year.

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