About this blog...

I am a former leader of a Human Terrain Team in Iraq. My intent with this blog was to identify relevant, open-source materials on Iraqi culture, society, politics, religion and economics - just about anything on or about the Iraqi population in general.

I am continuing the blog now only sporadically, as a means of information distribution in support of efforts to improve a vital program hamstrung by failures in execution.

Saturday, August 4, 2007

The Iraqi Stock Exchange

This story is a bit superficial, but I thought it was a little interesting. Apparently, Iraq has a functioning stock exchange. Now, it was launched in 2004, which probably means it was some sort of CPA thing that the Coalition decided to "bestow" upon Iraq as part of its reconstruction. But, the fact that it's still functioning, and even growing, is arguably a sign of something. I've always been a firm believer in the ability of economics and market forces to trump almost anything else--politics, religion, security, whatever--this could potentially be an indicator of that.

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