MENASource Sep 1, 2020
Energy cooperation in the Middle East is a necessary step toward regional security
By Ariel Ezrahi
Mutual energy dependencies can help mitigate political tensions, creating incentives to cooperate and possibly facilitating a positive momentum towards solving some of the MENA region’s thornier outstanding political conflicts
MENASource Apr 22, 2021
The Middle East needs a Levant-North African Environmental Forum
By Ariel Ezrahi
Political borders will continue to exist and limit what can and cannot be done across such borders. However, there needs to be less thinking on national terms and more on local and regional terms when combating climate change.
Ariel Ezrahi is a nonresident senior fellow with the Atlantic Council’s Middle East Programs. Ezrahi currently serves as the director of climate strategy at NewVest. From 2016 to 2022, he was the first director of energy at the Office of the Quartet. In this capacity, Ezrahi shaped all energy aspects of the Office of the Quartet’s work, from conventional to renewable energy, and sustainability initiatives.
Ezrahi was the architect of the Gas for Gaza project and chaired its task force since inception. He worked closely with the Netherlands, the European Union, and Qatar, the project’s key international actors, on this cornerstone Palestinian project, in close cooperation with Israel and with support from the US government.
From 2014 to 2015, Ezrahi was the energy adviser to former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair, the quartet representative. Prior to that role, he worked for international law firms, including Allen & Overy and Hogan Lovells, on a wide range of transactions in the corporate, gas, renewable-energy, and power-generation sectors, with an emphasis on the Middle East and North Africa region.
He holds a Master of Philosophy in modern Middle Eastern studies from the University of Oxford (St. Antony’s College), an LLM in international law from Georgetown University, and an LLB from the University of Manchester.