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OPEC bulletin 2/18

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

OPEC Bulletin

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.