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

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

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.

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    Q&A: Falah Mustafa Bakir

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

  • 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)

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

    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.

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

Ambassador Carlos Pascual, Special Envoy and Coordinator for International Energy Affairs for the U.S. Department of State, speaks during the CERAWEEK conference in Houston March 7, 2012.  REUTERS/Donna W. Carson  (DONNA W. CARSON/Reuters)

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

Q&A: Thamir Ghadhban

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

Q&A: The Calculator

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)

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.