ECSSR to Host 14th Annual Energy Conference.

  • 8 October 2008

The Emirates Centre for Strategic Studies and Research will host the 14th Annual Energy Conference from 24th to 26th November at its headquarters.

Director General of ECSSR Dr. Jamal Sanad Al Suwaidi said that the main purpose of the Conference is to evaluate the potential development of peaceful nuclear energy in the Gulf as a viable option to meet the considerable future energy needs of the region.

As stated by the United Arab Emirates and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), the interest in evaluating nuclear energy is motivated by the need to develop additional sources of electricity to meet future demand projections and to ensure the continued rapid development of the GCC economies.

In light of this objective, the conference will first assess the reasons for, and implications of the peaceful application of nuclear energy in the Arabian Gulf region. It will begin by exploring the role of nuclear power within the context of energy security, climate change and proliferation risks.

The conference will also examine the requirements and imperatives of the roadmap for developing a peaceful nuclear capability. It will consider factors such as the economic viability of the nuclear power option as well as its political and social implications.

The conference will proceed to analyze the inherent risks and opportunities of managing nuclear power, through a discussion of security infrastructure, non-proliferation standards and the role of international cooperation in the field of nuclear technology and long-term development.

Moreover, the conference will examine models of existing civilian nuclear programs in other parts of the world. Such examples will be presented in the form of case studies, with a specific focus on the policies and strategies of Japan and Germany.

It will also provide a comparative outlook for the status of nuclear energy in the region by assessing the respective cases of Iran, Israel, Pakistan and India.

The conference will conclude with a discussion of the future of nuclear energy in the world and its implications for the Arabian Gulf.