Robin Mills

Non-Resident Fellow, AGSIW; CEO, Qamar Energy

Robin Mills is a non-resident fellow at the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington. He established Qamar Energy in 2015 to meet the need for regionally based Middle East energy insight. He is an expert on energy strategy and economics, described by Foreign Policy Magazine as “one of the energy world’s great minds.”

Mills has led major consulting assignments for the European Union in Iraq, and for a variety of international oil companies on Middle East business development, integrated gas and power generation, and renewable energy. Mills worked for a decade for Shell, concentrating on new business development in the Middle East. He subsequently worked for six years with Dubai Holding and the Emirates National Oil Company, where he advanced business development efforts in the Middle East energy sector.

He is a fellow at the Columbia University Center on Global Energy Policy and senior fellow of the Iraq Energy Institute, spent two years as the non-resident fellow for energy at the Brookings Institution, is a columnist on energy and environment for The National and Bloomberg, and is the author of the influential report on Middle East solar, Sunrise in the Desert, and two books, The Myth of the Oil Crisis, and Capturing Carbon. 

He holds a first-class degree in geology from the University of Cambridge, and speaks Arabic, Farsi, Dutch, and Norwegian.

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The European Union and Gulf Energy: A Gateway for Cooperation

In recent years, the EU has been inattentive to the GCC, but the immediate Ukrainian crisis and the long-term climate crisis have combined to jolt Brussels out of this complacency.

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Iranian Claims Cloud Kuwaiti-Saudi Neutral Zone Deal

Kuwait and Saudi Arabia’s deal to develop the Dorra gas field could set up a confrontation between Iran and Kuwait – one of the GCC states with which Tehran has the most cordial relations.

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Could Iran Replace Russian Oil and Gas?

A revived nuclear deal with Iran would untangle some energy knots while tightening others.

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UAE and Saudi Arabia Cut Renewables Deals to Improve Iraq Relations

The United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia are making a serious effort to collaborate with Iraq, but these energy projects still have a long way to go to reach fruition.

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Low-Carbon Energy in Iran

Iran’s renewable energy potential is sizeable and underdeveloped, and it provides an opportunity for more fruitful international cooperation.

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What BP’s Claim of an End to Peak Oil Demand Means for Gulf Producers

Gulf oil producers need to show some urgency and establish a strategy compatible with a carbon-neutral world.

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Riyadh Gathers OPEC Partners for Oil Price War with Russia

The collapse of oil prices reminds Gulf Arab states of the urgent need for economic reforms, but they lack the revenue needed to fund them.

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Massive Gas Find Spurs UAE’s Pursuit of Self-Sufficiency

The Jebel Ali find promises reduced import bills, improved security of supply, and more gas to boost the economy but will require some clever technical and commercial work to make full use of it.

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Protracted Negotiations Yield Solution to Saudi-Kuwaiti Neutral Zone Dispute

The end of the dispute will add little or no oil output immediately, but it does restore some spare capacity, and resolves one of the breaches in the Gulf Cooperation Council.

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Global Oil Stocks Mitigate Market Impact of Saudi Attacks

Despite cutting more than half of Saudi Arabia’s current crude oil production, the market response to the attacks on Saudi oil facilities has been muted.