Assumed office |
21 July 1977|
|Political party||Patriotic Union of Kurdistan|
|Mother||Hero Ibrahim Ahmad|
|Website||Kurdistan Regional Government|
Qubad Talabani (born 21 July 1977) is the deputy prime minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government. Formerly serving as the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) representative in the United States, Qubad is the second son of Iraqi former President Jalal Talabani.
Qubad grew up in Surrey, United Kingdom with his maternal grandparents, Ibrahim Ahmed, a novelist, poet and a founder of the modern intellectual Kurdish movement and Galawejh Ahmed (also a novelist). After graduating from High School, Qubad took a keen interest in Engineering, obtained his Diploma in Motor Vehicle Engineering at Carshalton College, and later received a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering (majoring in Automotive Systems Engineering) at Kingston University in Greater London.
Representative to the KRG
From 2001 - 2003, Qubad worked as a special assistant to Barham Salih, at that time the Representative of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (one of Iraq's leading Kurdish political parties) in Washington D.C., and later as the Deputy PUK Representative. In 2003, he returned to Kurdistan for one year and served as the PUK's Senior Foreign Relations officer to the coalition forces and the Coalition Provisional Authority. He also acted as a liaison officer between the PUK and U.S. military forces in Iraq. He was a leading negotiator in the drafting of the Transitional Administrative Law (TAL), the first Iraqi constitution since the overthrow of Saddam Hussein.
In April 2004, Qubad returned to the US, and was stationed as the Representative of the PUK and the Kurdistan Regional Government.
In 2006, with the unification of the two administrations in Kurdistan and following the forming of the Democratic Patriotic Alliance of Kurdistan and the establishment of the Kurdish National Assembly., Qubad was appointed as the first representative of the Kurdistan Regional Government, a position he has held until the present.
Qubad lives in Erbil with his wife Sherri Kraham whom he married in great secrecy in Il Castello del Palagio in Italy in 2005. He appears frequently on major television networks and in the press where he discusses Iraqi and Kurdistan issues.
- Qubad Talabani's blog
- Profile at SourceWatch
- Laura McCandlish, "Qubad Talabani, son of Iraqi President, promotes peace," Daily Press (Hampton Roads, VA) (eKurd.net), March 11, 2005.
- "Testimony of Qubad Talabani, Kurdistan Regional Government delivered to the Congressional Human Rights Caucus, March 18, 2003. Qubad Talabany is the Deputy US Representative of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan. Posted on the official website of Congressman Mark Steven Kirk.
- Sharon Behn, "Kurds, Shi'ite agree on leadership positions, Qubad Talabani," Washington Times (ekurd.net), April 3, 2005.
- "Who Runs Iraq?" PBS Online NewsHour, April 5, 2003.
- Eli Lake, "Kurdish Deal Sets Stage For First Government To Emerge in Iraq," New York Sun, April 6, 2005.
- "Diplomatic Wedding in Chianti," Chianti Classico, May 2005.
- "Iraq and the Thorny Issue of Autonomy," NPR Talk of the Nation, August 16, 2005.
- Transcript: "Interview with Zalmay Khalilzad; Interview With Qubad Talabani," CNN Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer, December 11, 2005.
- "Iraqi President's Son to Speak on Iraq's Future Jan. 24," James Madison University, January 17, 2006.
- "Qubad Talabani disagress with the New York Times Halabja coverage," Turkish Daily News (KurdishMedia.com), June 23, 2006.
- "Qubad Talabani calls for amnesty for PKK," Turkish Daily News (KurdishMedia.com), June 14, 2006. See speech on "Amnesty for PKK" at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), June 13, 2006, posted at YouTube.
- Mikio Ikuma, "Split It Up: Learn From Former Yugoslavia," PostGlobal Blog/'Washington Post, August 2, 2006. Scroll down to "Independence no longer an impossible dream" posted by Talabani.
- "Kurds Hike D.C. Presence," O'Dwyer's PR Daily (sub req'd), February 22, 2007.
- Laura Rozen, "The Scion: Kurdistan's Man in Washington," Washington Monthly, June / July 2007 issue.