Geopolitics of Natural Resources in the Middle East

Geopolitics of Natural Resources in the Middle East

This research initiative explores the geopolitics of natural resources in the Middle East. Hydrocarbons, petroleum and now increasingly natural gas, have long dominated discussions of the Middle East’s natural resources, particularly in terms of their impact on domestic, regional and international politics. Little concerted attention has been paid to the broader environmental parameters of the Middle East. This initiative constitutes an attempt to expand the focus to include the region’s many other natural resources, for example land, air, water, and food, but also study the regional environment as a whole, rather than merely the resources extracted from it. As such it adopts a holistic approach, attempting to integrate the study of the region’s diverse natural resources, its environmental constraints, and their various impacts on geopolitics.

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Background and Scope of the Project

This research initiative explores the geopolitics of natural resources in the Middle East. Hydrocarbons, petroleum and now increasingly natural gas, have long dominated discussions of the Middle East’s natural resources,…
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Book Publication

Harry Verhoeven, ed., Environmental Politics in the Middle East (London: Oxford University Press/Hurst, 2018). This book investigates how ecology and politics meet in the Middle East and how those interactions connect to the global…
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Summary Report

“Environmental Politics in the Middle East,” CIRS Summary Report no. 24 (Doha, Qatar: Center for International and Regional Studies, 2018).Read the report in EnglishRead the report in Arabic
Working Group Meetings

Working Group Meetings

Click here to read about Working Meeting Group I Click here to read about Working Group Meeting II As an ongoing part of its research initiatives program, CIRS organizes several working…