TIME: 13:00-14:00, Thursday 21st January 2016
VENUE: Committee Room 9, House of Commons, SW1A 0AA
SPEAKERS: Mona Sukkarieh
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The discovery of important gas reserves in the eastern Mediterranean adds an additional layer of complexity to an already confusing region. It has the potential to have a profound impact not only on individual countries’ economy and energy needs, but also for general regional dynamics. Resource poor countries can be turned into economic powerhouses, but they will have to contend with ‘Dutch Disease” as well as jurisdictional conflict.
By kind invitation of Glyn Davies MP, The Henry Jackson Society is pleased to invite you to a discussion on the energy landscape in the eastern Mediterranean with energy expert Mona Sukkarieh. By looking at the energy landscape in the Eastern Mediterranean, Ms Sukkaireh will examine how the countries of the region – from Egypt, Israel and Cyprus through to Lebanon and Syria – are dealing with the opportunities and challenges presented by these important gas discoveries, and will also provide commentary on the main characteristics that have defined those resources discovered thus far.
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Mona Sukkarieh is co-founder of Middle East Strategic Perspectives (MESP), a Beirut-based political risk consultancy focusing on strategic sectors in the MENA region, including defence, security and energy. She heads the Energy unit at MESP focusing on the emerging oil and gas sector in Lebanon and the Eastern Mediterranean. She advises a variety of government bodies, including ministries, on energy-related matters, international companies interested in Lebanon’s emerging oil and gas sector, and international organizations providing assistance to Lebanon in managing its nascent sector. Prior to her consultancy work, she worked with various international organizations, including the United Nations Development Programme and USAID, on governance projects in the Arab world. She holds a Master’s degree in Political Science and an M.A. in International Relations, with a focus on geopolitics and strategic studies.