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2009 Energy Security Conference


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2009 Energy Security Conference Report

"The New Energy Silk Road: The Growing Asia-Middle East Energy Nexus"

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The conference report from NBR’s 2009 Energy Security Conference presents key conference findings and explores the historic shift in energy trade and relations between Asia and the Middle East. Included in the report are the four essays commissioned for the conference focused on the key state players in this growing nexus of energy and political ties: China, India, Saudi Arabia, and Iran. The report also includes a review of the discussion of long-term U.S. energy and strategic interests, as well as the energy and diplomatic roles of Japan, Korea, and Russia in the Middle East.

In conjunction with the release of this publication, conference chair and NBR's Energy Security Research Director Mikkal Herberg will be briefing public and private sector audiences in Washington, DC on the conclusions of this important research. The briefings will expand upon the findings contained in the report and provide audience members with additional analysis on the energy security implications of Asia’s energy activities in the Gulf region and beyond.

The 2009 conference and the accompanying report were supported by the generous contributions of Exxon Mobil, Chevron, Conoco Phillips, and the Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation.

2009 Conference Overview

As Asian nations increasingly stake their future economic prosperity on the growth of, and access to, future global oil and gas supplies, China, Japan, India, Korea, and Southeast Asia are scrambling to gain access to tight supplies from all the key oil and gas exporting regions. Most important of these regions is the Middle East, home to two-thirds of the world’s proven oil reserves. Oil and gas investment and trade between Asia and the Middle East is booming, which, in turn, is driving an expanding nexus of political, economic, trade, financial, and strategic ties. This Asia-Middle East energy nexus has the potential to profoundly re-shape global oil and gas markets, geopolitics, and prospects for future oil and gas supply growth and infrastructure development.

To better understand of the implications of Asia's growing energy ties with the Middle East, NBR's 2009 Energy Security Conference invited high-level figures to focus on the likely future evolution of Asia's involvement in Middle East oil and gas development. Representatives from corporations, government, and academia examined the geopolitical implications of Asia’s involvement, how Asia may impact future Middle East and global oil and gas supply development, and the implications for U.S. policy. This invitation-only event, "The New Energy Silk Road: The Growing Asia-Middle East Energy Nexus," was held May 18-19 at the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington, D.C.

Conference Materials

Agenda
Speaker Biographies
Attendees

Conference Presentations

Main Speakers

Keynote address
Jonathan Shrier, Acting Assistant Secretary of Energy Office of Policy and International Affairs, U.S. Department of Energy

The Middle East and Asia: Oil Trade and Investment
Fareed Mohamedi, PFC Energy

Asia-Middle East Energy Trade and Investment Trends
Mikkal Herberg, The National Bureau of Asian Research

China’s Energy Role in the Middle East and Prospects for the Future
Philip Andrews-Speed, University of Dundee

India’s Future Energy and Geopolitical Role in the Region
Sumit Ganguly, Indiana University

Saudi Arabia’s Relations with China and Asia and Prospects for the Future
Jean-Francois Seznec, Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, Georgetown University

Iran’s Views on Future Relations with China and Asia and Prospects for the Future
Hormoz Naficy, Petroventures Advisory Ltd. London

Japan and South Korea’s Energy Diplomacy in the Middle East and Gulf and Prospects for the Future
Kent Calder, SAIS

Russian Energy and Strategic Interests in the Middle East and Gulf and Prospects for the Future
Paul Saunders, Nixon Center

Discussants

Asian Perspectives on the Growing Asia-Middle East Energy Nexus

Robert Sutter, Georgetown University
Bo Kong, Global Energy and Environment Program, SAIS, Johns Hopkins University
James Clad, National Defense University
Manpreet Singh Anand, Chevron Corporation

Middle East Perspectives on the Growing Asia-Middle East Energy Nexus

Jon Alterman, CSIS
Flynt Leverett, New America Foundation

Roundtable Discussion: Strategic Implications for the US of the Growing Asia-Middle East Energy Nexus

Mikkal Herberg, NBR
Dan Blumenthal, AEI
Edward Chow, CSIS
Alan Hegburg, U.S. Department of Energy

For more information about past Energy Security conferences and related publications, see Energy Security.


View the 2009 Energy Security Conference Report, The New Energy Silk Road: The Growing Asia-Middle East Energy Nexus (October 2009).



NBR Energy Research Director Mikkal Herberg provides an overview of Asia-Middle East energy trade and investment trends.

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Clara Gillispie
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