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Energy, Economy and Geopolitics in the Gulf Arab States

Past Event

February 1, 2017

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Saudi Arabia under the leadership of King Salman has embarked upon a program of reform and self-redefinition that if successful will in less than a generation change it beyond recognition. Other GCC member countries are pursuing reform agendas that are equally if not more ambitious in their own right.  In part, these programs reflect the dramatic changes that have swept through the Middle East and the broader oil market since the beginning of the oil price collapse in June 2014. Political and social turmoil in the MENA, from Libya and Yemen to Iraq and Syria, adds extra urgency to the challenge of dealing with lower oil prices and the transformative impact of shale oil supply.      Perhaps no region matters more to the oil and broader energy markets than the GCC group of countries. Understanding the drivers of the region’s reform movement, assessing its chances of success and the potential impact of both success and failure on the region’s stability and oil industry dynamics, has become a pressing if daunting challenge for oil market analysts and anyone with an interest in the energy industry and energy markets.        The conversation will feature a distinguished set of experts: Ed Morse, Citigroup Dr. Adnan Shihab-Eldin, Director General, Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences Dr. Steffen Hertog, London School of Economics Dr. Bernard Haykel, Princeton University Jason Bordoff, Professor of Professional Practice and Founding Director, Center on Global Energy Policy, SIPA (moderator) Registration is required. This event is open to press. It will also be livestreamed at: energypolicy.columbia.edu/watch  A podcast of this event (in addition to other past Center events) will be available ~12 days after the date of the event through iTunes or via our website. For more information contact: [email protected]