Iraq's Oil Minister Mehdi walks with Kirkuk Governor Karim on the outskirts of Kirkuk

Q&A: Kirkuk Governor Najmaldin Karim

Karim criticizes leaders in both Baghdad and Erbil for their handling of oil policy and territorial disputes, and outlines a vision of Iraqi federalism that empowers provinces.

Q&A: Missan Oil Company DG Adnan Noshi Sajit

Adnan Noshi Sajit

Oil production is booming in Missan province, which now accounts for nearly one-tenth of Iraq's output.

Q&A: Ahmad Chalabi


The head of the Parliament Finance Committee talks about priorities for cutting costs while being able to pay for defense, refugees and IOCs.

Q&A: Baz Karim, CEO of KAR Group

Baz Karim, President and CEO of Kar Group, at the Kalak refinery in Erbil, Iraq. (SEBASTIAN MEYER/Metrography/Iraq Oil Report)

The CEO of Iraq’s largest private-sector energy company discusses KAR Group's projects across northern Iraq.

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.