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OAFP 4555 - Energy and Public Affairs in the Middle-East

Type d'enseignement : Elective

Semester : Autumn 2018-2019

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English


Suivi de l'actualité, marchés pétroliers et politique internationale

Course Description

Home to the world's largest conventional oil reserves, the Middle East remains a geopolitical hotspot with its complex political and security landscape. Contemporary history of producing states has close links with the development of the energy sector; political movements such as nationalism have repeatedly spilled over on oil and gas policies and international markets. Geopolitical complexities and upheavals in the region have frequently had an impact on oil policy and production capacity. Access to reserves, acceptable contractual terms and adapting to the new forms of partnerships remain a contentious issue for international investors. Energy policy in consuming states has been traditionally based on securing energy supplies but it is now confronted with new challenges not least global issues such as climate change. The development of alternative energy Traditional energy players face further competition from new players and have to demonstrate their added value as well as their capacity to manage large projects when operating in the region. Despite the significant evolution of today's international energy landscape, the Middle East goes through changing times not least with the emergence of a new system or ruling elite. A company's acceptability in the host country becomes paramount in ensuring its long-term presence. Investors and policy makers increasingly take on a public affairs approach as poses a set of advantages not least the understanding of the decision-making process and decoding of the complex political and economic susceptibilities. The objective of the 12 session course is to examine Middle Eastern politics, the evolution and challenges of the energy sector, the way in which it adapts to geopolitical factors and how a public affairs approach can be put to effect. Lectures will focus on the central place Middle Eastern producers have in the energy sector, look at the evolution of the latter and how investor adapt to new challenges. They will examine the correlation of the region's political developments (both historic and recent) and its impact on the energy sector. The will also look at the complexities of relations and the new challenges ahead. Two session will involve a role play. Three axes : - Middle Eastern politics. - The Energy sector. - Public policy and its importance.


CHALABI, Dunia (Directrice déléguée Affaires Internationales/Multilatérales, TOTAL)

Pedagogical format

Lectures, follwoed by discussions 2 sessions of role plays

Course validation

Student's guidelines : Each student s must make a presentation on one of the themes below and hand in a technical paper. The presentations' themes are chosen during the first session (4 students maximum/ presentation). Evaluation : Participation/ presence (10%) One page paper on a theme (40%) Groupe Presentation (50%)


Students need to have followed current affairs and understand inter regional dynamics.

Required reading

A Line in the Sand: Britain, France and the Struggle that shaped the Middle East by James Barr

Additional required reading

  • A History of the Arab Peoples, By Albert Hourani
  • The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World
  • The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money & Power, by Daniel Yergin
  • The Petroleum Industry: A Nontechnical Guide