Iran, Oil, and the Geneva Agreement

December 18, 2013 - 9:00 am

1030 15th Street, NW, 12th Floor
Washington, DC
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A discussion with
Sara Vakshouri
SVB Energy International

Guy F. Caruso
Senior Advisor
Center for Strategic and International Studies

Introduced and moderated by
Barbara Slavin
Senior Fellow, South Asia Center
Atlantic Council

With the signing of an interim accord providing limited sanctions relief in return for restraints on  Iran’s nuclear program, attention has focused on whether Iran will be able to increase its currently depressed oil and natural gas exports and whether multinational oil companies will again be willing to invest in Iran’s energy sector. Meanwhile, the President Hassan Rouhani’s administration is altering Iran’s energy policies in an effort to attract new buyers and investment. The panel will discuss the impact of these changes on Iran’s economy and on world oil supplies and prices. 

The Iran Task Force, co-chaired by Ambassador Stuart E. Eizenstat, performs comprehensive analyses of Iran’s internal political landscape, its role in the region and the world, and any basis for an improved relationship with the West.

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Sara Vakhshouri is president and founder of SVB Energy International, a strategic energy consulting firm which provides critical advice and counsel to private companies, governments, think tanks, investment banks, and media organizations. An internationally recognized expert on the energy market and security, Dr. Vakhshouri has more than a decade of experience in global energy market studies and energy security with a special focus on the Middle East and North Africa. Prior to founding SVB Energy International, Dr. Vakhshouri was an energy market analyst and advisor to the director of the National Iranian Oil Company International, and worked for the Petroenergy Information Network and the Iranian Ministry of Petroleum. Dr. Vakhshouri has a PhD in energy security and Middle Eastern studies, an MA in business management (international marketing), and another MA in international relations. She has published articles in numerous journals including The Economist, Middle East Economic Survey, and The Huffington Post. She is frequently quoted in the media on energy matters and is the author of The Marketing and Sale of Iranian Export Crude Oil since the Islamic Revolution.

Guy F. Caruso is a senior advisor in the Energy and National Security Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).  Prior to joining CSIS, he served as administrator for the Energy Information Administration, the statistical agency within the US Department of Energy that provides independent data, forecasts, and analyses regarding energy (2002-08).  Mr. Caruso has more than forty years of energy experience, with a particular emphasis on topics relating to energy markets, policy, and security.  He has also worked at the Paris-based International Energy Agency, first as the head of the Oil Industry Division, and later as director of the Office of Non-member Countries, where he directed studies of energy-related developments in emerging economies. Mr. Caruso holds a BS in business administration and an MS in economics from the University of Connecticut. He also earned an MPA from Harvard University. In January 2008, the French government awarded Mr. Caruso the National Order of Merit.

Barbara Slavin is a senior fellow with the Atlantic Council's South Asia Center and Washington correspondent for The author of a 2007 book, Bitter Friends, Bosom Enemies: Iran, the US and the Twisted Path to Confrontation, she is a regular commentator on US foreign policy and Iran on NPR, PBS, and C-SPAN. A career journalist, Ms. Slavin previously served as assistant managing editor for world and national security of the Washington Times, senior diplomatic reporter for USA Today, Cairo correspondent for The Economist, and as an editor at the New York Times Week in Review.