Japan’s Energy Priorities and Policies in the MENA Region

March 10, 2016 - 10:30 am

Atlantic Council, 1030 15th Street NW, 12th Floor
Washington, DC

Japan’s Energy Priorities and Policies in the MENA Region

A discussion featuring:
Dr. Ken Koyama
Managing Director, Chief Economist
The Institute of Energy Economics, Japan

Dr. Sara Vakhshouri
Nonresident Senior Fellow, Global Energy Center
Atlantic Council

Dr. Kota Suechika
Visiting Scholar
London Middle East Institute School of Asian and African Studies

Dr. Yasuyuki Matsunaga
Professor of Political Science, Graduate Program in Peace and Conflict Studies
Tokyo University of Foreign Studies

The Hon. Frederic C. Hof
Senior Fellow, Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East
Atlantic Council

Opening remarks by:
Mr. Masataka Okano
Political Minister
Embassy of Japan

Welcome remarks by:
The Hon. Richard L. Morningstar
Founding Director and Chairman, Global Energy Center
Atlantic Council

Nearly 90 percent of Japan’s imported oil comes from the Middle East, a region where protracted conflicts cause continued turmoil. Through its private sector, Japan's extensive financial assistance to the region, and its 2016 role as a nonpermanent member on the UN Security Council, Japan's strategic interests and resulting policies will continue to be important factors in global energy markets and international relations. 

On March 10, 2016, the Atlantic Council’s Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East and Global Energy Center will bring together Japanese scholars and practitioners alongside US analysts to discuss Japanese energy priorities and policies in the Middle East. These experts will discuss how the Middle Eastern landscape impacts Japan’s energy policies, and how Japanese policies in turn impact the region.

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Atlantic Council
1030 15th Street NW, 12th Floor (West Tower Elevator) 
Washington, DC 

This event is open to press and on the record. 

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Dr. Ken Koyama specializes in economic and political analysis of the world oil market. 

Dr. Sara Vakhshouri is the Founder and President of SVB Energy International, a strategic energy consulting firm. 

Dr. Yasuyuki Matsunaga specializes in politics and democratization in Iran, and is an expert in post-Iran nuclear deal implications. 

Dr. Kota Suechika is a Professor at the College of International Relations, Ritsumeikan University and specializes in regional security including the global concerns posed by the Syrian crisis. 

Ambassador Frederic Hof specializes in the conflict in Syria. 

Mr. Masataka Okano previously served in the Japanese Embassy in Beijing, the Russian Division, and the Korea Division and specializes in political affairs, particularly US relations with Japan, East Asia, South East Asia, and South Asia. 

Ambassador Richard L. Morningstar is a former Ambassador to the Republic of Azerbaijan and Secretary of State Special Envoy for Eurasian Energy.