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Atlantic Council Global Energy Forum
The Washington-based Atlantic Council
held its 2018 Global Energy Summit
for the second time in the United Arab
Emirates in January. With delegates
representing the public and private
sector of oil producing and consuming
countries, sessions at the event
covered the geopolitics of the ongoing
energy transformation, the impact of
digitization and artificial intelligence on
future energy systems, and the future
of transportation, among others. The
files this report on this
stimulating two-day event.
he impression one sometimes gets of foreign policy insti-
tutes and organizations — particularly in the United States
— is that they are partisan ventures, seeking the achieve-
ment of specific objectives of interest only to their own narrow con-
stituencies. This is why it is so refreshing — and wholly stimulating
from a number of perspectives — to attend an event sponsored by
the Atlantic Council.
Founded in 1961, the Council (as it is known by those famil-
iar with its work) has consistently sought regional fora and other
opportunities to discuss the world’s many challenges with a view
to ensuring geopolitical stability. Far from partisanship, what one
encounters at events organized by the Council is a rigorous exami-
nation of economic, political, and social realities around the world
and an assessment of the impact that these may have on broader
concerns such as energy, security and stability.
This year, on January 12–13, the Atlantic Council organized
another one of its regional events, this time, in the United Arab
Emirates (UAE). Under the banner of ‘Global Energy Forum’, the
Council organized two days of sessions, panels and meals with
some of the leading figures from the media, financial services,
energy exploration and production, and academia. And with the
presence of some of the top energy leaders and government offi-
cials, it made for quite a memorable event.
Briefings and workshops
The morning of the first day was reserved for private, invitation-only
briefings and workshops, each focusing on specific matters of the
day or extant policy challenges. In the afternoon, things shifted into
higher gear with the official opening of the Global Energy Forum.
S p o t l i g h t
Mohammad Sanusi Barkindo, OPEC Secretary General, speaks at the
Atlantic Council Global Energy Forum.