Nuclear Energy in the Gulf

Author/s: several co-authors
1st Edition Year: 2009
Edition: First edition
Language: English
Available Languages: العربية


The future heralds a potential crisis in power supply in view of growing global and domestic demand for fossil fuel energy, particularly in supplying power for seawater desalination in the case of the Arabian Gulf region. The possibility of fossil fuel depletion on the one hand, and the increasing rate of development in the GCC countries on the other, has prompted Arab Gulf states to consider the development of peaceful nuclear energy as an alternative source of power generation.

In order to provide a realistic strategic review of this topic, as well as various strategies with which to guarantee its achievement and benefit from the experience of other countries, the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR) convened its 14th Annual Energy Conference under the title “Nuclear Energy in the Gulf,” on November 24–26, 2008 in Abu Dhabi, hosting a group of distinguished energy experts from various academic, professional and technical backgrounds.

This book comprises a valuable collection of the papers presented at the conference. It identifies the motives behind the development of peaceful nuclear energy programs in the Gulf states as well as the local and regional implications of such programs, and examines the role of nuclear energy in the context of Gulf energy security and climate change. The inherent risks and opportunities of managing nuclear power are explored through a discussion of security infrastructure, non-proliferation standards an the role of international cooperation in the field of nuclear technology and long-term development.

The book also analyzes factors pertaining to the economic viability of the nuclear energy option and its political and social implications, drawing on international experiences of existing civilian nuclear programs in other parts of the world. Examples presented in this volume include case studies of Japan and Germany, and a comparative outlook assessing the respective programs of Iran, Israel, Pakistan and India.



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