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Powering Recovery in the Middle East: Realities on the Ground

March 22, 2023 • 10:00 – 11:00 am EDT

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Electricity shortages do more than exacerbate humanitarian crises and hamper local economies in conflict-affected environments. They also undermine governance and hold communities back long after fighting has ended. Improving the provision of power can accelerate economic development, advance peacebuilding, and set communities on a pathway of greater environmental sustainability. 

Please join the CSIS Middle East Program for a panel discussion about international efforts to support resilient renewable energy infrastructure in fragile states in the Middle East. The panel will feature Matthew D. Steinhelfer, Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations at the U.S. Department of State, Christina Abi Haidar, a Lebanese lawyer and renewable energy expert, Dr. Paul Noumba Um, the World Bank’s director of infrastructure for the MENA region, and Will Todman, fellow in CSIS Middle East Program and author of Powering Recovery: Reform, Reconstruction, and Renewables in Conflict-Affected States in the Arab World moderated by Dr. Jon Alterman

This event presents the findings of a project supported by the Embassy of Qatar. The views expressed in the report are wholly those of the authors, and the opinions and recommendations at this event should be understood to be those of the speakers themselves, and not CSIS or any other entity. 

Jon Alterman
Senior Vice President, Zbigniew Brzezinski Chair in Global Security and Geostrategy, and Director, Middle East Program
Matthew D. Steinhelfer

Matthew D. Steinhelfer

Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations, U.S. Department of State
Christina Abi Haidar.

Christina Abi Haidar

Lawyer and Renewable Energy Expert
Paul Noumba

Paul Noumba Um

Regional Director of Infrastructure MENA, World Bank
Will Todman
Deputy Director and Senior Fellow, Middle East Program