Colleagues and Friends,

Despite being among the world’s top oil producers, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the Gulf’s largest economies, have ambitious plans to invest in nuclear power. As the interest in nuclear energy in the region grows, the need to better understand the underlying economic and security issues becomes a necessity.

In our new edited volume, “Energy Transitions in the Gulf: Key Questions on Nuclear Power” we examine the challenges and opportunities of nuclear power deployment in the Gulf and the wider Middle East region. The book is a result of a workshop held as part of the 2016 Gulf Research Meeting at the University of Cambridge, UK, under the auspices of the Gulf Research Center.

I hope you find the book interesting and would very much welcome your feedback.

Ali Ahmad, PhD
Director, Program on Energy Policy & Security in the Middle East
Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs
American University of Beirut
Beirut, Lebanon
Introduction by Ali Ahmad

Chapter 1: Economic Determinants of Nuclear Power in the Gulf by Omer Akkaya

Chapter 2: Economics of Nuclear and Solar Desalination for the Middle East by Rami W. Bitar and Ali Ahmad

Chapter 3: Requirements for High Solar Penetration in Electricity Production in Saudi Arabia by Philippe Chite and Ali Ahmad

Chapter 4: Nuclear Energy for the Middle East: Technology Choices and Considerations by Abdalla Abou Jaoude and Anna Erickson

Chapter 5: Iran, Uranium, and Future Proliferation Dynamics in the Middle East by Ryan Snyder

Chapter 6: Confidence Today, Weapons of Mass Destruction Free Zone in the Middle East Tomorrow by Marianne Nari Fisher
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