With a prime minister  appointed and several key portfolios filled (including oil minister), Iraq’s new government can now focus on key outstanding issues hindering economic and energy sector development (MEES, 26 October).

Chief among these issues is mending ties with Erbil. Oil Minister Thamir Ghadhban and Prime Minister (and former oil minister) Adil Abd al-Mahdi will look to hit the reset button on relations with the Kurds, and a breakthrough could see federal Iraq gain...