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April 14

Into the Unknown: The United States, the Middle East, and the Future

Jon Alterman, CSIS

Israel's Strategic Environment

Haim Malka, CSIS

The Iran-US-Saudi triangle

Karim Sadjadpour, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

April 15

The Arab Spring, Iran and Potential for Regional Security Realignment

Alex Vatanka-Middle East Institute

Recent Iranian Foreign Policy Initiatives: Implications to the Middle East

Alex Vatanka-Middle East Institute

Current Middle East Issues

Anthony Cordesman, CSIS


April 16

Energy Overview - Special focus on China

David Pumphrey-CSIS

US Political & Regulatory Perspective

Kevin Book, Principal, ClearView Energy


Unconventionals Development

Frank Verrastro, CSIS

April 17

Geopolitical Implications of the Unconventionals and changing Landscape

Sarah Ladislaw, CSIS


Russia/Central Asia

Ed Chow, CSIS


Global Energy Markets/Market Players

Robin West, CSIS



Heather Conley, CSIS


April 18

Foreign Policy

Z. Brzezinski, CSIS

April 21

Washington DC Office presentation

Jack Moore

P/R firm presentation & Lobbyist Role

Andrew Schwartz-CSIS

P/R firm presentation & Lobbyist Role, Washington Office overview

Jay Farrar, Bechtel National Corp.


Arab Anti-Discrimination

Abed A. Ayoub, Esq.- ADC

April 22

The Value of Environmental Stewardship for the Oil & Gas Industry

Kirsten Thorne-Chevron Corp.

Panel Discussion: Environmental Issues & Oil and Gas Industry

Kirsten Thorne- Chevron Corp
Sarah Ladislaw-CSIS
Kirsty Jenkinson

Corporate Responsibility, Human Rights & Resource Governance: A View from Investment and NGO Worlds

Bennett Freeman, Calvert Investments

April 23

Citizens for Affordable Energy

John Hofmeister- (Former President, Shell Oil Company-Houston TX)


April 24

BP Energy Outlook 2030

Mark Finley- BP


New Media and the Business Environment

Otessa Ghadar, 2020 Productions

Cybersecurity and Cyberwar: What Everyone Needs to Know

Peter Singer, Brookings Institution

April 28

New York SPII Office Presentation

Local Office

Energy Industry Panel

Panel Discussion

April 29

Liquids Supply Growth, Price, Cost and Resource Nationalism

Mark Schwartz, PIRA Energy Group


Global Strategy Formulation & Implementation (Oil Strategy)

Fariborz Ghadar, Center for Global Business Studies at Penn State


May 1

Perspective on Unconventional Gas Dynamics and Global Outlook

Bernhard Hartmann and Brian Forbes, A.T. Kearney

Senior Faculty

Fariborz Ghadar

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Daniel Wilson

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Jon Alterman

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Abed A. Ayoub

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Zbigniew Brzezinski

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Heather Conley

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Jay Farrar

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Mark Finley

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Bennett Freeman

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Otessa Ghadar

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John Hofmeister

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Kirsty Jenkinson

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Glenn Prickett

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Karim Sadjadpuur

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Peter Singer

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Alex Vatanka

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Frank Verrastro

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