Iraqi PM Adil Abd al-Mahdi has sought to shield the critical oil sector from political volatility in his first six months in office. Oil Minister Thamir Ghadhban is implementing a strategic review, revisiting awards from last year’s licensing round.

Since his appointment as Prime Minister in October 2018, Adil Abd al-Mahdi has prioritized reforms to Iraq’s all-important energy sector (MEES, 26 October 2018). As a former oil minister himself, Mr Abd al-Mahdi has a solid grasp of...