AGSIW Board member F. Gregory Gause, III discusses the geopolitical questions raised by the fall in oil prices in the Middle East in the new Brookings Doha Center report “The Sultans of Swing? The Geopolitics of Falling Oil Prices.” In the report, he predicts that the price decline will not destabilize oil-producing governments and will not lead to greater levels of regional conflict.
On April 27, AGSIW will host “Petro Diplomacy: The Political Economy of Volatile Oil Prices,” an event focusing on the recent dramatic fall in the price of oil, the motivations behind OPEC’s decision to maintain production levels, and the implications of low oil prices for shale producers, offshore drilling, and alternative energy development. The discussion will further examine the effect of continued volatility in oil prices on Gulf States and other Middle East countries, and the impact of the decrease in U.S. dependence on oil imports on U.S. foreign policy and relationships with Middle East oil producers. Please RSVP to attend.
“Petro Diplomacy: The Political Economy of Volatile Oil Prices”
Monday, April 27, 2015
Panel and Discussion: 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Reception 6:00 – 7:30 pm
Welcome remarks: Ambassador Marcelle M. Wahba, President, Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington
Chair: Ambassador Stephen Seche, Executive Vice President, Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington
George T. Abed, Senior Counselor and Director for Africa & the Middle East, Institute of International Finance
Kamel Al-Harami, Independent Oil Analyst
Kate Dourian, Senior Editor, Middle East Economic Survey (MEES)
Jean-François Seznec, Visiting Associate Professor, Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, Georgetown University
Ambassador Frank G. Wisner, International Affairs Advisor, Squire Patton Boggs; Chairman of the Board, Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington