Interviews

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

Q&A: TAQA Iraq President Leo Koot

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

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    Q&A: U.S. International Energy Envoy Carlos Pascual

    The U.S. government’s top energy diplomat discusses American efforts to help Iraq rise to the top of the global oil industry.

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    Q&A: Thamir Ghadhban

    The prime minister's energy czar talks about production, flaring reduction, refining targets and the ongoing dispute between Baghdad and the KRG.

  • Ali Hama Salih, known as "The Calculator" for his public questioning of KRG finances, is now a leading politician with the Gorran Movement.     (SAFIN HAMED/AFP/Getty Images)

    Q&A: The Calculator

    IOR talks to Ali Hama Salih, Kurdistan’s popular MP, and a rising star in the opposition Gorran party.

Q&A: Deputy Prime Minister for Energy Hussain al-Shahristani

Iraq's Deputy Prime Minister for Energy Hussain al-Shahristani. (KAMARAN NAJM/Metrography/Iraq Oil Report)

Iraq's top energy official discusses ExxonMobil, the KRG budget proposal, the status of fighting in Anbar and more.

Q&A: Former Iraqi National Security Advisor Mowaffak al-Rubaie

Former Iraqi National Security Advisor Mowaffak al-Rubaie at his office in Baghdad on Dec. 23, 2013, sitting in front of a bust from a toppled statue of ex-dictator Saddam Hussein. Around the bust's neck is the actual rope used to hang Hussein. (SABAH ARAR/AFP/Getty Images)

Top Maliki confidante gives his candid take on Iraq's political landscape, oil disputes and security crisis as national elections loom.

Q&A: Basra Governor Majid al-Nasrawi

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With a dispute over Basra's 2014 budget allocation looming, the governor of Iraq's oil capital is threatening to launch protests and even shut in oil exports.

Q&A: Kirkuk energy committee chairman Ali al-Salhi

Ali al-Salhi, the head of the Kirkuk Provincial Council's Energy Committee. (BEN LANDO/Iraq Oil Report)

The chairman of the Kirkuk Provincial Council's energy committee discusses the backstory and opposition to the BP deal, and a potential agreement with CNPC.

Q&A: Ali Khudhier, chairman of Basra Gas Company

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The leader of Iraq's efforts to capture and process natural gas in Basra, Ali Khudhier discusses the interlocking projects required to eliminate flaring.

Q&A: Ali Musawi, Adviser to the Prime Minister

Ali Musawi, media adviser to Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. (Photo courtesy of the Prime Minister's Media Office)

A chief adviser to PM Maliki speaks about the civil war in Syria and worsening relations with Turkey, and blames the Iraqi Speaker of Parliament for domestic political gridlock.

Q&A: Alaa Mohie el-Deen

Alaa Mohie el-Deen, the head of Iraq's Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, gives a press conference in February 2013. (STAFF/Iraq Oil Report)

The leader of Iraq's push for oil sector transparency discusses Iraq's latest EITI report, as well as the challenges of integrating Kurdistan into the process.

Q&A: Gen. James Jones

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The former national security adviser to President Obama calls for a U.S. policy shift that would embrace Iraqi Kurdistan's oil deals.


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