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An Energy Revolution? Political Ecologies of Shale Oil in the Middle East, US, and China

The CCAS has held annual symposia for nearly three decades. The 2015 symposium, entitled “An Energy Revolution? Political Ecologies of Shale Oil in the Middle East, US, and China,” assessed the political, economic, human, and environmental impacts of shale oil and its technologies of extraction globally, and particularly on the societies and economies of the MENA region. Made possible by a generous grant from Sheikh Abdullah Saleh Kamel, the symposium brought together renowned scholars, scientists, and practitioners in the fields of water and energy resources, environmental protection, human development, and international policy to deliver their outlooks on the latest technological, sociopolitical, and economic trends in the shale oil industry.

Scroll down to watch videos, listen to podcasts, or read summaries of the symposium panels.

Dr. Peter Gleick opened the symposium by exploring the water-energy nexus and geopolitical implications of shale oil with an emphasis on preserving ecological systems, advancing social justice, and defending human rights.

Click here for an infographic on the Water-Energy Nexus.

Panel I addressed the challenges of developing the shale industry and its implications on water and food security, particularly in the MENA region, with talks from Jeremy Boak, Zahra Babar, and Ziad Mimi.

Panel II further elaborated on the challenges of new energy production and the future implications of the increasing convergence of oil, water, and security with talks from Hussein Amery, Mark Giordano, and Marwa Daoudy.

Panel III explored how extractive industries shape human landscapes and relationships among stakeholders, including rural communities and local governments, with talks from Francesca de Chatel, Karen Rignall, and Tim Beach.

Panel IV explored the politico-economic implications of shale and the effects of recent fluctuations in supply and demand for oil, with talks from David Painter, George Shambaugh, and Mohamed Ramady.

Panel V explored the shifting power relations among states in light of the rise in unconventional oil production since 2008, with talks from Casimir Yost, Thomas McNaugher, and Eckart Woertz.