Q&A: Anbar Governor Qasim Abid

The governor of Iraq's largest province talks about security amidst U.S. troop withdrawal and Syrian violence while multiplying energy sector investment.
Q&A: Anbar Governor Qasim Abid
Anbar Gov. Qasim Abid (center) cuts a ceremonial ribbon during the grand opening of the Anbar Judicial Complex in Ramadi on June 13, 2009.

Anbar province likely contains a massive undiscovered trove of gas and oil fields that officials there hope will be the fuel of economic development. But prosperity still largely waits – on an influx of investors, improvements to the security situation, and better relations between the central and local governments.All seem to be happening, but slowly.Four of the 12 exploration blocks offered in an upcoming bidding round are in Anbar, which is sparsely populated but takes up a third of...

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