November 15, 2012
The fourth annual Energy and Economic Summit took place in Istanbul, Turkey from November 15-16, 2012. The Summit is a unique annual initiative launched by the Council’s Eurasia Center in cooperation with its partners in the Black Sea, Caspian and Central Asian regions. The Summit’s goal is to promote regional cooperation, investment, and trade, as well as to strengthen a sense of community in the greater Black Sea area.  
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Thursday, November 15

Opening of the Istanbul Summit | Transcript | Audio (mp3)

Mr. Frederick Kempe,** President & CEO, Atlantic Council

Introduction: The Hon. Francis J. Ricciardone, Jr., US Ambassador to the Republic of Turkey

Keynote Speakers: H.E. Ali Babacan, Deputy Prime Minister, Republic of Turkey; Dr. Zbigniew Brzezinski,^ Counselor and Trustee, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and Former US National Security Advisor; H.E. Philipp Rösler, Vice Chancellor and Federal Minister of Economics and Technology, Federal Republic of Germany; H.E. Taner Yıldız, Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, Republic of Turkey

New Gas and Europe’s Energy Security | Transcript

Moderator: Mr. Steve LeVine, Washington Correspondent, Quartz and Schwartz Fellow, New America Foundation

Keynote Speakers: Mr. Rovnag Abdullayev, President, State Oil Company of the Azerbaijan Republic (SOCAR); H.E. Yuriy Boyko, Minister of Fuel and Energy, Ukraine; H.E. Taner Yıldız, Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, Republic of Turkey

Participants: Mr. Bruno Lescoeur, CEO, Edison; Mr. Riccardo Puliti, Managing Director, Energy and Natural Resources, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

Global Trends 2030 | Transcript

Moderator: Dr. Banning Garrett, Director, Strategic Foresight Initiative, Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security, Atlantic Council

Participants: Dr. Mathew J. Burrows, Counselor, US National Intelligence Council; Col. Chew Lock-Pin, Director, Risk Assessment and Horizon Scanning (RAHS) Programme Office, National Security Coordination Secretariat, Office of the Prime Minister, Republic of Singapore; Dr. Aleksandr Dynkin, Director, Institute of World Economics and International Relations (IMEMO), Russian Academy of Sciences

Focus on the Kurdistan Region of Iraq: Connections, Opportunities, Issues | Transcript

Moderator: Dr. Friedbert Pflüger, Director, European Centre for Energy and Resource Security (EUCERS), King’s College London and CEO, Pflüger International Consulting

Participants: H.E. Ashti Hawrami, Minister of Natural Resources, Kurdistan Region, Republic of Iraq; Mr. Tony Hayward, CEO, Genel Energy; Mr. Zsolt Hernádi, Chairman and CEO, MOL Group; Dr. Joost R. Hiltermann, Deputy Program Director Middle East and North Africa, International Crisis Group; The Hon. James F. Jeffrey, Visiting Fellow, Washington Institute for Near East Policy and Former US Ambassador to the Republic of Iraq

Extending Euro-Atlanticism | Transcript

Moderator: Mr. Damon Wilson, Executive Vice President, Atlantic Council

Participants: H.E. Egemen Bağış, Minister for European Union Affairs and Chief Negotiator, Republic of Turkey; Ms. Ria Oomen-Ruijten, Member, European Parliament; H.E. Alexi Petriashvili, State Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration, Republic of Georgia; H.E. Ion Sturza, President, Greenlight Investment and Former Prime Minister, Republic of Moldova

Luncheon Hosted by the Istanbul Chamber of Commerce: Navigating the Financial and Economic Storm | Transcript

Introduction: Istanbul Chamber of Commerce: Sekib Avdagic

Moderator: Mr. Frederick Kempe, President and CEO, Atlantic Council

Keynote Speakers: H.E. Ali Babacan, Deputy Prime Minister, Republic of Turkey

Participants: H.E. Gordon Bajnai, Founder, Patriotism and Progress Public Policy Foundation and Former Prime Minister, Hungary; H.E. Kairat Kelimbetov, Deputy Prime Minister, Republic of Kazakhstan; Mr. Tzvetan Vassilev,* Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Corporate Commercial Bank

Realizing Shah Deniz and the Southern Gas Corridor | Transcript

Moderator: The Hon. Ross Wilson, Director, Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center, Atlantic Council

Participants: Mr. Al Cook, Vice President, Shah Deniz Development, BP; Mr. Mehmet Konuk, Chairman and General Manager, BOTAŞ; Mr. Reinhard Mitschek, Managing Director, Nabucco Gas Pipeline International; The Hon. Richard Morningstar, US Ambassador to the Republic of Azerbaijan; Mr. Kjetil Tungland, Managing Director, Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP)

Focus on Southeast Europe: Long-term Peace and Prosperity | Transcript

Moderator: Mr. Damon Wilson, Executive Vice President, Atlantic Council

Participants: H.E. Besim Beqaj, Minister of Economic Development, Republic of Kosovo; H.E. Zlatko Lagumdžija, Deputy Chairman of the Council of Ministers and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bosnia and Herzegovina; The Hon. Philip T. Reeker, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, US Department of State

Reception and Dinner | Transcript

Moderator: Mr. Frederick Kempe,** President & CEO, Atlantic Council

Keynote Speaker: The Hon. Daniel Poneman, Deputy Secretary, US Department of Energy

Friday, November 16 

Summit Breakfast Briefing: World Energy Outlook | Transcript | Birol Presentation - World Energy Outlook (PDF)

Host: Mr. Orhan Taner, Director, Energy & Economic Summit, Atlantic Council

Presenter: Dr. Fatih Birol, Chief Economist, International Energy Agency (IEA)

Commentator: Dr. Christof Rühl, Chief Economist, BP

What the November 6 Election Results Mean for US Foreign Policy | Transcript

Moderator: Mr. Frederick Kempe,** President & CEO, Atlantic Council

Participants: Mr. Nelson Cunningham, Managing Partner and Cofounder, McLarty Associates; The Hon. Stephen J. Hadley,** Principal, RiceHadleyGates and Former US National Security Advisor; The Hon. John S. Tanner,** Vice President, Prime Policy Group and Former US Congressman (D-TN)

Eastern Mediterranean Gas and Transit | Transcript

Introduction: Mr. David Koranyi, Deputy Director, Atlantic Council Eurasia Center

Moderator: Dr. Jennifer Coolidge, Executive Director, CMX Caspian and Gulf Consultants

Participants: Dr. Amit Mor, CEO, Eco Energy; Mr. Hugh Pope, Project Director for Turkey and Cyprus, International Crisis Group (ICG); Mr. Harry Sachinis,** Chairman and CEO, DEPA

Transport, Trade, and Reviving the Silk Road | Transcript

Moderator: Amb. Pierre Morel, Former European Union Special Representative for Central Asia and for the Crisis in Georgia, Council of the European Union

Participants: H.E. Sham L. Bathija, Senior Economic Adviser and Minister to the President, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan; The Hon. Robert O. Blake, Jr., Assistant Secretary, Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs, US Department of State; Amb. Leonidas Chrysanthopoulos, Adviser, International Road Transport Union (IRU) and Former Secretary General, Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC); Mr. Klaus Gerhaeusser, Director General, Central and West Asia Department, Asian Development Bank; Yahya Bas, Deputy Minister of Transport and Communications, Republic of Turkey

The Debate about Unconventional Gas | Transcript

Moderator: Mr. John R. Lyman, Director, Energy and Environment Program, Atlantic Council

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Fatih Birol, Chief Economist, International Energy Agency (IEA)

Participants: Ms. Melanie A. Kenderdine, Executive Director, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Energy Initiative; Mr. Ian MacDonald, Vice President, Europe, Eurasia, and Middle East Exploration and Production, Chevron; H.E. Piotr Wozniak, Chief National Geologist and Under Secretary of State, Ministry of Environment, Republic of Poland

The Arab Awakening | Transcript

Moderator: Dr. Michele Dunne, Director, Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East, Atlantic Council

Participants: Ms. Aslı Aydıntaşbaş, Columnist, Milliyet; Mr. Rami Nakhla, Program Specialist, US Institute of Peace; Mr. Hani Shukrallah, Managing Editor, Al-Ahram Online

Luncheon Hosted by Eni: Regional Energy and the Global Context | Pascual Presentation - Regional Energy Scene in a Global Context (PDF)

Host: Mr. Leonardo Bellodi, Senior Vice President for Public Affairs, Eni

Moderator: Mr. Frederick Kempe,** President & CEO, Atlantic Council

Keynote Speakers: Mr. Philip Lowe, Director General for Energy, European Commission; The Hon. Carlos Pascual, Special Envoy and Coordinator for International Energy Affairs, Bureau of Energy Resources, US Department of State

Looking Forward: Building New Opportunities in a Dynamic Region | Transcript

Moderator: Mr. Robert Abernethy,* President, American Standard Development Company

Participants: H.E. Delyan Dobrev, Minister of Economy and Energy, Republic of Bulgaria; H.E. Mehmet Şimşek, Minister of Finance, Republic of Turkey; Mr. M. İbrahim Turhan, Chairman and CEO, Istanbul Stock Exchange

Gala Dinner | Transcript

Moderator: Mr. Frederick Kempe,** President & CEO, Atlantic Council

Participants: Dr. Zbigniew Brzezinski,^ Counselor and Trustee, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and Former US National Security Advisor; The Hon. Stephen J. Hadley,** Principal, RiceHadleyGates and Former US National Security Advisor

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