Iraq's parliament is expected to vote soon on an oil law that tries to balance the interests of warring Sunni, Shiite and Kurd factions as it decides how the country's coveted natural resource will be exploited for years to come. That puts Washington lawyer Ronald Jonkers in a tough spot, as he performs a high-stakes juggling act as legal adviser to the Iraqi government. It would be hard to overstate the delicacy of Jonkers' role. In fact, the U.S. government won't even officially confirm that he's there.
Oil Debate Fuels D.C. Lawyer's Role in Iraq
The American Lawyer
April 26, 2007