Current Oil Market Developments and Their Impacts on the GCC

Author/s: several co-authors
1st Edition Year: 2019
Edition: First edition
Language: English
Available Languages: العربية


Current Oil Market Developments and Their Impacts on the GCC comes at a time when global oil markets are witnessing substantial change. Oil prices have fluctuated from unprecedented highs to free falling by the end of 2008, and experiencing another steep drop by 2014. Other dramatic changes include a surge in global oil supply, weakness in demand (partly caused by slow growth in emerging countries), exploitation of oil shale, advancements in oil-extraction technology, and the emergence of renewable and clean energy sources. These developments have all impacted oil markets in particular and the global economy in general.

In addressing the topic, this book consists of four chapters that examine these developments in depth to determine their implications and potential effects, suggesting recommendations that will serve the goals and development objectives of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries and beyond. It focuses on global oil supply and demand, geopolitical factors related to the Russian–Ukrainian crisis, potential Iranian–Western convergence, and the implications of all these factors on both GCC and global energy markets. Its chapters examine issues such as the latest energy market developments and challenges to conventional oil supply.

The developments detailed require constant monitoring to safeguard global energy security and serve development goals around the world. While the GCC has great interest in oil-related issues, the countries are also planning for the future by simultaneously working on establishing diversified, knowledge-based economies that are less dependent on conventional resources.



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