Jabbar Yawar, spokesman for the Iraqi Ku

Q&A: Peshmerga General Secretary Jabar Yawar

The chief of Kurdistan's Peshmerga forces discusses the fight against IS militants and new efforts to train irregular forces.

Q & A: Shia militia commander Ali Jamal Hussein

Ali Jamal Hussein (center), deputy commander of the 3rd Battalion of Saraya al-Khorasani, a Shia militia that has fought alongside Iraqi, Peshmerga and Iranian troops. At a Jalula command post on Dec. 6, 2014. (STRINGER/Iraq Oil Report)

A senior commander of Saraya al-Khorasani, a powerful militia in northern Iraq, denies accusations of sectarian cleansing against Sunnis and discusses training and support from Iran.

Q&A: Finance Minister Hoshyar Zebari

Then-Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari, now Finance Minister, meets with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in Baghdad on June 23, 2014. (THAIER AL-SUDANI/Reuters)

The man holding Iraq's purse strings discusses the need to look forward despite years of acrimony over oil, land and revenues.

Q&A: Mustafa Sayid Qadir, Minister of Peshmerga Affairs

Mohammed Sayid Qadir, the KRG Minister of Peshmerga, in his office in Erbil. (SEBASTIAN MEYER/Iraq Oil Report/Metrography)

Kurdistan's defense minister spells out the kit needed to take back towns from ISIS, and says the KRG has to "unify and institutionalize" the Peshmerga.

Q&A: Kirkuk Governor Najmaldin Karim


In the aftermath of the rise of ISIS, Kirkuk's governor discusses Iraq's territorial disputes, control of the province's oil fields, and the future of BP.

Q&A: Falah Mustafa Bakir

Falah Mustafa Bakir resized

Kurdistan's top ambassador says KRG territory now irreversibly includes the Kirkuk oil field, in a "new reality" of almost total Kurdish independence.

Q&A: Iraqi Ambassador to the U.S. Lukman Faily

Lukman Faily, Iraqi Ambassador to the U.S., speaks at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, DC on April 23, 2014. (Photo credit: CSIS)

The Iraqi ambassador discusses stepped-up military cooperation with the U.S., the ongoing sectarian violence in Iraq, and the politics of government formation.

Q&A: Lukoil Overseas President Andrey Kuzyaev

Andrey Kuzyaev,
Vice President of Lukoil Group and President of Lukoil Overseas. (Source: Lukoil)

The Lukoil Group VP discusses the status of West Qurna 2, bidding on the upcoming Nassiriya project, and whether Kurdistan is on the radar.

Q&A: TAQA Iraq President Leo Koot

Leo Koot, President for Iraq, TAQA. (TAQA)

The head of one of the most strategically valuable investors in Iraqi Kurdistan's oil sector talks production plans and pipeline tie-ins.