The IMF has approved a Staff-Monitored Program (SMP) for cash-strapped Iraq covering the period November 2015 to December 2016, in line with the agreement reached in November between the Iraqi authorities and the IMF (MEES, 13 November 2015). An SMP is an informal agreement between the IMF and country authorities to monitor the implementation of a country’s economic program. The issue is contentious in Iraq, with November protests in Baghdad condemning the IMF (MEES, 27 November 2015)....