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Fossil Fuels Expert Roundtable: Oil, Gas and International Insecurity: Tackling a Self-fuelling Fire

26 March 2009 - 5:15pm to 6:15pm

Chatham House, London


Daniel Litvin, Senior Research Fellow in Energy, Energy, Environment and Development Programme, Chatham House



In the US, EU and Asia, fears about dependence on oil and gas imports from unstable regions have become a major theme of political debate. Neither the current global economic crisis, nor climate change mitigation policies - both of which look set to hold back oil and gas demand - will entirely remove the economic and political security risks associated with dependence.

In a new Chatham House briefing paper - Oil, Gas and International Insecurity: Tackling a Self-fuelling Fire, Daniel Litvin examines the ways in which companies and government exploitation of energy resources has often sown the seeds of instability, distrust and conflict. He argues that the focus of policy responses has been on attempts to alter energy demand structures and strengthen military or diplomatic alliances with oil-producing countries, while comparatively little attention has been focused on tackling the destabilizing dynamics that underlie the problem. This meeting will review the risks involved in current oil and gas market and investment trends, discuss the root causes of instability and conflict in vulnerable regions such as the Middle East and West Africa and hear the author's proposal for a practical response.

This is the third meeting of the Chatham House Fossil Fuels Expert Roundtable.

Attendance at this meeting is strictly by invitation only.

For more information please contact Lucy Ellinas.