The Los Angeles Times quotes Rafik Hariri Center Nonresident Fellow Ramzy Mardini on a new oil and budget deal signed between Iraq’s central government and Kurdish leaders: 

“The agreement represents a Band-Aid to slow down some of the bleeding, but it isn’t something that is going to heal the wound,” Ramzy Mardini, an analyst at the Atlantic Council, a Washington think tank, wrote in an email.

“It focuses on a small set of disputes to offset mutual financial problems due to the drop in oil prices,” Mardini wrote. “The more thorny issues on the energy front remain unresolved.”

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