Powering Recovery in the Middle East

Investigating opportunities for donors to support politically- and environmentally-sustainable power infrastructure in conflict-affected settings”

When international actors build electricity infrastructure in conflict-affected environments, the location, scale, and design of what they construct necessarily has both political and economic consequences. Construction contracts create jobs and revenues, and electricity infrastructure creates long-term streams of jobs, income, and benefits. The CSIS Middle East Program is working to understand the interplay between international policymakers’ political goals and their efforts to reconstruct power infrastructure in conflict-affected settings. We will also consider whether technical advances that allow for more decentralized and sustainable power infrastructure provide new opportunities for donors who seek to promote stability and prosperity in such environments. 

The Middle East Program is working with a senior-level advisory board and drawing from the expertise of regional experts in post-conflict settings. The project will focus on Iraq, Lebanon, and Yemen, and findings will be released late in the fall of 2022.

This project is made possible by a donation from the Embassy of Qatar in Washington, D.C.

External Experts


Advisory Board Members

Advisory board for the Powering Recovery in the Arab World project.

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Photo: Giles Clarke for UN OCHA/Getty Images

Photo: Giles Clarke for UN OCHA/Getty Images