Interviews

Q&A: Sadi Ahmed Pira, PUK politburo member

Unresolved conflicts among Kurdistan's political parties still have the potential to hobble the campaign for an independence referendum.

Q&A: Handren Mohammed, Kurdistan’s election chief

The head of Kurdistan's elections and referendum commission discusses its arm's length relationship with Baghdad, and the extent of its mandate in disputed Kirkuk.

Q&A: Oil Minister Jabbar al-Luiebi

Iraq's Oil Minister is bullish on the country's production targets setting another record this year.

Q&A: Kirkuk Gov. Najmaldin Karim

Political "chaos" and financial struggles aren't stopping the Kirkuk governor from courting BP and bolstering defenses against the IS group.

Q&A: Baz Karim, president of KAR Group

The most strategically important energy firm in Kurdistan, KAR manages the majority of the region's production and refining capacity, and its export pipeline.

Q&A: Falah Alamri, director general of SOMO

Iraq's top oil salesman discusses the future of Basra Heavy, the choices necessary to implement the OPEC quota deal, and making more money on Kirkuk oil sales.

Q&A: Iraqi Oil Minister Jabbar al-Luiebi

Undeterred by an impending OPEC production cut, Luiebi turns his attention toward modernizing the gas sector and building long-neglected infrastructure.

Q&A: NOC chief Farid al-Jadir

To raise output from its fields, the state-run North Oil Company needs to contend with a trifecta of security, financial, and political crises.

Q&A: Deputy Finance Minister Fadhil Nabee Othman

To get billions in international loans, Iraq needs to finesse a tricky financial challenge - cutting spending while also funding its military, government payroll, and oil investment.


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