The Brookings Doha Center (BDC) and Brookings Energy Security Initiative (ESI) announce the Brookings Doha Energy Forum 2015 on 25 and 26 March 2015 at the Four Seasons Hotel Doha.

This year’s Forum takes on the theme, ‘Energy Stability or a False Sense of Security: How Changes in Geopolitics, Political Economy, and Markets Alter the Energy Landscape.’ This private, closed-door conference will be the fourth in an annual series that examines the relationship between the Middle East, established energy markets in Europe and the United States, and emerging Asian powers. Director of the Brookings Doha Center, Salman Shaikh, said:

Constant political uncertainty and the changes in the geopolitical landscape pose a number of  challenges for energy producers in the world, and particularity in the Middle East. This year’s Forum seeks to analyse and address changes in global energy markets by bringing together government officials, business leaders, and industry experts from around the world for valuable, in-depth discussion in a framework that encourages ground truth understandings.’

Based in Qatar, BDC advances high-quality, independent policy analysis and research on the Middle East. The Center maintains a reputation for policy impact and cutting-edge, field-oriented research on socioeconomic and geopolitical issues facing the broader Middle East, including relations with the US. Open to a broad range of views, the BDC is a hub for Brookings scholarship in the region.

This year’s Brookings Doha Energy Forum will shed light on three principal themes: the changing geopolitics of energy, the implications of political and economic changes in the Middle East and Asia for energy production and consumption, and the shifts in global energy markets and their consequences for pricing. The Forum provides access to and engagement on these topics through a series of speeches, plenary sessions, and breakout group discussions.

The Keynote Address was given by HE Mohammed bin Abdullah Al Rumaihi, Minister’s Assistant for Foreign Affairs, State of Qatar. A High-Level Session followed, including presentations by HE Abdelkader Amara, Minister of Energy, Mines, Water and Environment, Kingdom of Morocco; Amos Hochstein, Special Envoy, Bureau of Energy Resources, US Department of State; Toshihiko Fujii, Deputy Commissioner for International Affairs, Agency for Natural Resources and Energy, Japan; and Stephen Lovegrove, Permanent Secretary, Department for Energy and Climate Change, United Kingdom.

The Forum convenes prominent industry experts and policymakers from around the world for an in-depth discussion of the changing global energy landscape. Attendees include a range of high-ranking officials, experts, leaders of national oil companies, and representatives of the corporate sector.

The Brookings Doha Energy Forum is a product of the BDC-ESI Energy Partnership, which aims to address issues arising out of the nexus between the changing global energy landscape and the growing importance of local politics in the world. This collaboration links the expertise of the Energy Security Initiative with the Brookings Doha Center’s experience and scholarship on political transitions in the broader Middle East. Furthermore, the Brookings Doha Energy Forum is the flagship event of the Brookings Doha Energy Platform, which undertakes a range of policy-focused activities and reports under the guidance of a full- time Doha-based energy fellow in collaboration with other research centers in the Middle East and Asia, the Brookings Energy Security Initiative, as well as Brookings India and the Brookings-Tsinghua Center.

Subsequent to the Forum, the Brookings Institution will release the ‘Brookings Energy Forum 2015 Policy Paper’, summarising the Forum’s context and principle findings.