Thursday, December 07, 2006

My oil piece cited on NPR

Reacting to the Iraq Study Group's report, NPR's "Talk of the Nation" held a round-table discussion with the four experts below. Michael Rubin cites my piece "How Oil Smuggling Greases Violence in Iraq" demonstrating the danger of corruption and oil smuggling in prolongoing the current violence in Iraq. The ISG report realizes the dangers of the financial aspect of the conflict, but it is comes short on integrating that into their recommendations.

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Talk of the Nation, December 7, 2006 ยท Iraqi officials give their reaction to the Iraq Study group report that was released Wednesday. Other advisors to the Iraq Study Group also join us for more discussion of U.S. policies in Iraq.

Shibley Telhami, Advisor to Iraq Study Group, Anwar Sadat Professor for Peace and Development, University of Maryland, and Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution

Michael Rubin, Resident Scholar the American Enterprise Institute, Former Pentagon policy official and former political adviser to the U.S. occupation authority in Baghdad

Qubad Talabani, The U.S. Representative of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, and the Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government and the son of Iraq president Jalal Talabani

Faisal Istrabadi, Iraq's Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Former deputy to Adnan Pachachi - former Speaker of the Iraq Parliament

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