The Gulf Arab states are casting a wide net in their pursuit of gas-supply security.
Diane Munro is a non-resident fellow at the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington where she specializes in international oil markets and geopolitical issues driving OPEC and Gulf Cooperation Council energy policies. Formerly, she served with the Paris-based International Energy Agency, where her work centered on developing global oil market forecasts, policy analysis of IEA and OPEC member countries, and energy security strategies such as IEA simulations and war-gaming exercises among member countries in the event of major oil supply disruptions. Munro has written on energy issues for more than 30 years, with her work published by Bloomberg, Middle East Economic Survey, Reuters, Al-Hayat, Energy Compass, and Petroleum Intelligence Weekly. In addition, she has worked as a consultant for a wide range of companies including Wood Mackenzie, BP, and Arthur Andersen. Previously, she was president and editor-in-chief of The Oil Daily Co, now known as Energy Intelligence Group.
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