The Middle East Energy Roundtable (MEER), a joint initiative of the Center for Energy Studies and Edward P. Djerejian Center for the Middle East, brings together the energy industry, diplomatic community, and scholars to deepen policy research on Middle Eastern energy and geopolitics, improve understanding of the region within the Houston community, and generate partnerships.

Since launching in 2022, the roundtable’s hybrid seminars have explored outlooks for the region’s geopolitics and energy markets. Topics of focus include political disputes and diplomatic initiatives, war and unrest, climate change, economic diversification, and the various risk exposures affecting investment in the region. 

Aerial view of the Strait of Hormuz


The Middle East Energy Roundtable convenes workshops with a broad range of participants and discussion topics. It convenes separate workshops with the U.S. Institute of Peace in Washington, D.C., that cover conflict resolution, political stabilization, and links to investment in Eastern Mediterranean natural gas.

Meetings are invitation-based and held under the Chatham House rule, which restricts attribution of our discussions to participants, although we publish summaries of proceedings.

    To express interest in attending our events, join the Middle East Energy Roundtable mailing list, or suggest a topic for discussion, please contact Ana Martín Gil at am165@rice.edu.

      Past meetings have covered:

      • Iran’s oil export strategy under U.S. sanctions.
      • Natural gas developments amid conflict in the Eastern Mediterranean.
      • Persian Gulf’s climate change dilemma.
      • The UAE’s goals ahead of COP28 in Dubai.

      Past presenters and participants include senior executives at Kuwait Petroleum, Chevron, and ENI along with executives from Saudi Aramco and Shell; analysts from Rystad Energy, Facts Global Energy, Qamar Energy, the Middle East Economic Survey; investment banks like Artemis Energy Partners; major law firms; senior U.S. State Department officials; as well as Houston-based diplomats from the Middle East, North Africa, and Europe. 


      Jim Krane
      Wallace S. Wilson Fellow for Energy Studies | Co-Director, Middle East Energy Roundtable
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