Iraq's Energy Potential: Opportunities and Challenges

February 13, 2018 - 12:00 pm

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

Iraq's Energy Potential: Opportunities and Challenges

A conversation with:

Dr. Luay Al-Khatteeb
Founding Director
Iraq Energy Institute
Dr. Harith Hasan Al-Qarawee
Nonresident Senior Fellow, Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East
Atlantic Council
Ms. Ellen Scholl
Deputy Director, Global Energy Center
Atlantic Council

Introduced by:
Ambassador Richard Morningstar
Founding Director and Chairman, Global Energy Center
Atlantic Council
Moderated by:
Ambassador Frederic C. Hof
Director, Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East
Atlantic Council

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A light lunch will be served. 


Dr. Luay Al-Khatteeb is the founding director of Iraq Energy Institute, fellow at the Center on Global Energy Policy (Columbia University-SIPA) and a former foreign policy fellow at Brookings Institution. His professional experiences spans over twenty years in business development and public policy with executive capacities as director and senior advisor to various multilateral institutions, international oil companies, commercial banks and management consulting firms. He is a frequent commentator on issues related to energy security, economics, and politics in the Middle East. He is working on two books, the first addresses the comparative energy policy frameworks in federal systems, and the second on the political economy of Iraq post 2003. His writing has appeared in Foreign Affairs, the New York Times, The National Interest, The Huffington Post, Al-Monitor, CNN, MEES, the Petroleum-Economist and The National among others. Dr. Al-Khatteeb earned his PhD in political economy from the University of Exeter.
Dr. Harith Hasan Al-Qarawee is a nonresident senior fellow at the Council’s Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East. He is also a fellow at the Center of Religious Studies at the Central European University (CEU) in Budapest. He holds a PhD in political science from Sant'Anna School for Advanced Studies in Italy, an MA in political communication from Leeds University, and an MA in political science from Baghdad University. He was formerly a lecturer and teaching assistant at Baghdad University, and a fellow at Harvard University and Brandeis University. His research focuses on state-society relations, political transitions, and identity politics in Iraq and the Middle East. He has written extensively for various English and Arabic publications and journals and is currently writing a book on Shi’a, Religious Authority and State in post-Saddam Iraq. He was a member of the Atlantic Council’s Future of Iraq Task Force and the CEU research team studying state, religion, and disintegration in the Middle East.  
Ms. Ellen Scholl is deputy director at the Atlantic Council’s Global Energy Center. Ellen has worked on a range of energy issues throughout her career, most recently as Robert Bosch fellow at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP) and the Federation of German Industries (BDI). She also has over five years of energy-related legislative experience, having handled an energy portfolio as committee staff for the US Congress and Texas Senate. Her work on energy and geopolitics and energy governance has been published by SWP, and other work has appeared in the Berlin Policy Journal, Foreign Policy, and Lawfare, among others. Ellen also worked on energy issues as a student fellow with the Robert S. Strauss Center on International Security and Law, and as a member of the inaugural cohort of the US Foreign Service Internship Program, during which she worked in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs and at US Embassy Ankara. Ellen received her master’s degree in global policy studies, with a certificate in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, from the LBJ School of Public Affairs, where she was a Powers fellow. She earned a BA in humanities and government from the University of Texas at Austin, where she graduated with highest honors.