Jackie Northam http://ripr.org en Kurds May Have Oil To Export, But Buyers Are Harder To Find http://ripr.org/post/kurds-may-have-oil-export-buyers-are-harder-find Kurdish security forces, the peshmerga, have <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/07/11/330694928/kurds-seize-2-oil-fields-amid-rising-tensions-with-iraqi-government">taken over two major oil fields near Kirkuk</a>, in northern Iraq. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 07:32:00 +0000 Jackie Northam 36735 at http://ripr.org Kurds May Have Oil To Export, But Buyers Are Harder To Find Amid Eroding Trust, Germany Expels America's Top Spy In Berlin http://ripr.org/post/amid-eroding-trust-germany-expels-americas-top-spy-berlin Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>Germany has told the chief U.S. intelligence officer in Berlin to leave the country. A dramatic turn of events comes after reports that two German government employees are suspected of spying for the U.S. NPR's Jackie Northam has been following this story and she joins me in the studio. Jackie, the announcement about the expulsion of the top American spy in Germany was made by the Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesman. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 20:02:00 +0000 Jackie Northam 36548 at http://ripr.org For Once, The U.S., Russia And Iran Actually Agree On Something http://ripr.org/post/once-us-russia-and-iran-actually-agree-something The ferocious charge across much of Iraq by militants now calling themselves the Islamic State has created something almost unheard of in the highly divisive Middle East: international consensus.<p>The U.S. Thu, 03 Jul 2014 07:14:00 +0000 Jackie Northam 36160 at http://ripr.org For Once, The U.S., Russia And Iran Actually Agree On Something Kerry's Iraq Mission Takes Him To Kurdistan http://ripr.org/post/kerrys-iraq-mission-takes-him-kurdistan Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, is back in Iraq on a week-long mission to try to hold that country together. This morning, he's in Erbil, the capital of the semi-autonomous region of Kurdistan in the north. And his job won't be easy. Just yesterday, Kurdistan's president said it might be the time for the region to go its own way. Jackie Northam is with Kerry and joined us from Erbil. Tue, 24 Jun 2014 10:41:00 +0000 Jackie Northam 35688 at http://ripr.org Kerry Lands In Badhdad, Bearing Warnings For Iraqi Leaders http://ripr.org/post/kerry-lands-badhdad-bearing-warnings-iraqi-leaders Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>As we heard the Secretary of State John Kerry was in Baghdad today where he met with Iraqi prime minister Nouri al-Maliki. Kerry said his visit was aimed at showing U.S. commitment to Iraq as it suffers an onslaught by the Sunni militant group ISIS. The group now controls much of the west and north of the country including the city of Mosul, one of Iraq's largest cities. And over the past several days, ISIS fighters have assaulted three key border posts. NPR's Jackie Northam is traveling with Sec. Kerry and she joins us now from Amman, Jordan. Mon, 23 Jun 2014 20:07:00 +0000 Jackie Northam 35652 at http://ripr.org Kerry In Iraq To Pressure Al-Maliki To Reach Across Sectarian Lines http://ripr.org/post/kerry-iraq-pressure-al-maliki-reach-across-sectarian-lines Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.<p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>And I'm Renee Montagne. As extremist Sunni militants continue to grab territory across Northern Iraq, the U.S. has been pressuring Iraq's prime minister, Nouri al-Maliki, to reach out to the Sunni and Kurdish communities. This morning, Secretary of State John Kerry is in Baghdad on an unannounced visit to lean on Maliki personally. Makiki's largely Shia government is blamed by many for inflaming the sectarian divide in Iraq. NPR's Jackie Northam is traveling with Kerry. Mon, 23 Jun 2014 10:12:00 +0000 Jackie Northam 35614 at http://ripr.org Militants' Advance In Iraq Agitates Oil Markets http://ripr.org/post/militants-advance-iraq-agitates-oil-markets When Sunni militants began seizing broad swathes of territory across northern Iraq last week, global oil markets shrugged it off. After all, instability in Iraq is nothing new.<p>But that all changed on Wednesday, when the insurgents swept into the oil refinery town of Baiji, says Robert McNally, president of the Rapidan Group, an energy consulting firm. The price of oil climbed nearly 4 percent in just a few short days.<p>"This jaw-dropping blitz assault ... Sun, 15 Jun 2014 13:38:00 +0000 Jackie Northam 35215 at http://ripr.org Militants' Advance In Iraq Agitates Oil Markets Russia-China Natural Gas Deal Likely To Reshape Energy Markets http://ripr.org/post/russia-china-natural-gas-deal-likely-reshape-energy-markets Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep in New York.<p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>And I'm David Greene in Washington. Good morning. Let's look now at the shifting balance of power in East Asia. In a moment, we'll hear President Obama's view of a rising China. First we'll report on the implications of China's latest energy deal. China signed an agreement to buy Russian natural gas sent through a pipeline in Siberia. Thu, 29 May 2014 09:32:00 +0000 Jackie Northam 34332 at http://ripr.org Russian Economic Forum Boycotted Over Ukraine Crisis http://ripr.org/post/russian-economic-forum-boycotted-over-ukraine-crisis Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.<p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>And I'm Steve Inskeep. Each spring Russian president Vladimir Putin welcomes international business and political leaders to an economic forum in St. Petersburg. It started today and Putin told those who arrived that Russia is ready to do business, although it expects to be treated as an equal.<p>Not as many people were listening as Putin might have liked. Some of those invited did not show up. They stayed away to protest Russia's actions in Ukraine. Thu, 22 May 2014 09:05:00 +0000 Jackie Northam 33973 at http://ripr.org Russia's Energy Giant Turns Up The Heat On Ukraine http://ripr.org/post/russias-energy-giant-turns-heat-ukraine If Russia was aiming to target one of Ukraine's vulnerabilities, natural gas would be the bull's-eye. Ukraine gets about 60 percent of its gas from Russia.<p>Clifford Gaddy, a Russia specialist at the Brookings Institution, says as the dispute between the two countries grows, Moscow is more willing to use natural gas as a weapon.<p>"The ways in which Russia can play with this gas lever, how it can use it, these are not things that they just think of from one day to the next," Gaddy says. Wed, 14 May 2014 19:49:00 +0000 Jackie Northam 33568 at http://ripr.org Russia's Energy Giant Turns Up The Heat On Ukraine