New Book Reflects on the Interplay Between Politics and the Oil and Gas Industry in the Arab World

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'Fossil Fuels in the Arab World: Seasons Reversed: Oil and Politics Interplay in the Arab World'

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“Fossil Fuels in the Arab World: Facts and Fiction” by Basel Nashat Asmar

Highlighting the interplay between politics and the oil and gas industry in the Arab world, Dr. Asmar presents insights on the future of Arab world and its oil and gas sector from three perspectives: market fundamentals, political influences and public relations.

Basel Nashat Asmar’s new book, “Fossil Fuels in the Arab World: Seasons Reversed” presents insights on the future of Arab world and its oil and gas sector.

It builds on the concepts of his previous book “Fossil Fuels in the Arab World: Facts and Fiction”, in which he undertook an assessment of mankind’s dependence on fossil fuels i.e. oil, natural gas and coal - particularly the position of Arab countries in this international industry. In concluding the earlier book eight questions were posed, identifying whether or not fossil fuel producing countries of the Arab world were an indispensable energy supplier and if the answer to that question was affecting Western policies towards the Arab world.

In his new book, Dr. Asmar answers the questions posed five years ago, in a clear, non-technical style, placing them into “three perspectives”: market fundamentals, understanding the fossil fuel market fundamentals and the place of the Arab world within that; political influences, corruption and cultural norms in business dealings, the developing democracy and militarisation in the Arab world, and their interplay with oil and gas, and finally, public relations, perceptions or concerns, where climate change and alternative energy questions are explored in detail.

“Fossil Fuels in the Arab World: Seasons Reversed” will appeal both, to the non-expert with no prior knowledge of oil and natural gas and also to the oil and gas experts, who require detailed analysis of fossil fuels availability and the interplay between politics and the oil and gas industry in the Arab world.

Dr. Asmar structures this book into three parts totalling seven chapters. Part I reviews briefly the events of the last five years and puts them in context, then revisits the conclusions in the previous book, and examines if they still stand, providing an update. Part II is the core analysis, in which answers to all eight questions from the previous book are given. Finally, Part III connects all the threads of the analysis and looks at the bigger picture. Here again, more questions are asked and predictions offered of what is likely to happen in the future.

“Fossil Fuels in the Arab World: Seasons Reversed” is now available worldwide at reputable bookstores and online book retailers.

Full Details:
Paperback: 268 pages
Publisher: 2050 Consulting, +44 20 7490 2942
Language English
ISBN-10: 0956736815
ISBN-13: 978-0956736819
Retail price: £21.99

Basel Nashat Asmar is a Chartered Engineer, an expert in oil and gas fundamentals. He is currently a Director with IHS Markit, based in London, UK. He worked previously in several roles with major engineering companies and in academia. This is his second book on fossil fuels; he has published extensively in professional journals, newspapers and spoken at many international conferences. Dr Asmar holds a BSc from the University of Jordan, an MSc and a PhD from the University of Nottingham and a doctorate from Freie Universität Berlin, Germany.

Dr Asmar is available for interviews and media appearances. A copy of this book is available for your immediate review. Please email to request your complimentary copy.

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