Anti-government protests are escalating as they enter their second month across Iraq. Protesters are increasingly opting to block key infrastructure and transport routes. Disruptions to the oil sector are likely to grow more consequential. 

The past month of nationwide protests has brought Iraq to a standstill (MEES, 4 October). Prime Minister Adil Abd al-Mahdi has offered to resign and dissolve government pending agreement on a successor – no simple matter – whilst the...