Day One — April 18, 2017

Session I: OPEC Members and the Making of Oil Policy


Ugo Nwokeji, University of California, Berkeley
The Niger Delta and the Global Economy: From the Slave Trade to Petro-Economy

9:30-10amCoffee Break

Panel 1
Discussant: Fadi Aboualfa, MEES

Hocine Malti, Oil analyst and writer
Once upon a time, there was an intruder called OPEC

Nelida Fuccaro, SOAS University of London
Baghdad, September 1960: Arab Oil and the Founding of OPEC

Touraj Atabaki, International Institute for Social History, Amsterdam
Iran and the Early Years of OPEC

John Heilbrunn, Colorado School of Mines
Nigeria's, Oil and the Changing Relationship with OPEC

Coffee Break

Panel 2
Discussant: Alexei Vasiliev, Russian Academy of Sciences

Majid Al Moneef, Arab Energy Forum
The Role of Saudi Arabia in OPEC

Omar Al Shehabi, Gulf University for Science and Technology (GUST)
The Other Side of the Coin: How Has the Oil Money Been Spent in the GCC?

Juan Carlos Boué, Oxford Institute for Energy Studies
The Forging of the Saudi-Venezuelan Petroleum Entente


Session II: OPEC, the Consumers and the Developing Countries


Panel 3
Discussant: Einar Lie, University of Oslo
Hans Otto Frøland, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU),Trondheim

Mats Ingulstad, NTNU
The Specter of Supply Dependency. A Comparative Analysis Across Commodity Sectors in the 20th Century

Henning Turk, Centre for Contemporary History (ZZF), Potsdam
Talking about OPEC Without Talking to OPEC? The (Non)-Relationship Between the IEA and OPEC from 1974 to 1984

Federico Romero, European University Institute (EUI), Florence
How OPEC 'Made' the G7

Helder Queiroz Pinto Junior, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro
The Evolution of the Brazilian Oil Industry: The Relationship With the Oil Producers and Import Countries

Coffee Break

Panel 4
Discussant: Duccio Basosi, Ca' Foscari University of Venice

Maohong Bao, Peking University
OPEC and China: From Ideological Support to Economic Cooperation

Stefan Tetzlaff, German Historical Institute, London
Forging 'Crude Connections Across the Indian Ocean: the Global Energy Order and the Changes in OPEC-India Relations, 1960 to the Present

Anna Viden, University of Pennsylvania
American Empire and Arab Oil Power in the 1970s

Victor McFarland, University of Missouri
The US Response to OPEC

Yves Bouvier, Sorbonne University, Paris
The European Community and the Relations with Oil Producing Countries

Day Two — April 19, 2017

Session III: OPEC, non-OPEC and the International Oil Companies


Panel 5
Discussant: Victor McFarland, University of Missouri

Claudia Jezabel Pina Navarro, Collegio de México, Mexico City
Between the Superpower and Thirdworldism: Mexico and OPEC, 1974-1981

Carole Nakhle, Crystole Energy and University of Surrey
Paul Appleby, BP
Francesco Petrini, University of Padua
The Changing Relationship Between OPEC Countries and IOCs: the Dynamics of Bargaining in an Evolving Market

Jonathan R. Kuiken, Wilkes University
Ignoring, Countering and Living with OPEC: Britain, BP, Shell and the Shifting Global Energy Order, 1960-1980

Elisabetta Bini, University of Naples Federico II
Marta Musso, European University Institute, Florence
Consumer Countries, Producer Countries and the International Oil Industry: the
Role of Italy in the Evolution of Oil Contracts (1955-1975)

Coffee Break

Panel 6
Discussant: Li-Chen Sim, Zayed Universiry

Dag Harald Claes, University of Oslo
Friend and Foe: The Relationship Between OPEC and Norway from 1982 to 1990

Ustina Markus, United International College (Zhuhai)
Peter Rutland, Wesleyan University (Middletown)
The Russian State and the Global Oil Market

Viacheslav Nekrasov, Surgut State University
Seduced by Resource Abundance: Political Leaders, Strategic Players and Rent in Petrostates (the Historical Experience of the USSR, 1961-1974)


Session IV: OPEC and the Challenges of a New International Energy Order


Panel 7
Discussant: Dag Harald Claes, University of Oslo

Ellen R. Wald, Jacksonville University
Beyond the Texas Railroad Commission: Thirty Years of American Precedent for OPEC

Jeff Colgan, Brown University
A Tale of Two OPECs

Ramzi Salman, former OPEC Deputy Secretary General
OPEC: from Confrontation to Cooperation

Coffee Break

Panel 8
Discussant: Sofia Kalantzakos, NYUAD

Paul Stevens, Chatam House
The 'Resource Curse' as History

Matthieu Auzanneau, The Shift Project, Paris
The History of 'Peak Oil' and its Relevance for OPEC History

Greg Muttit, Price of Oil, London
OPEC in the Last Generation of Oil: Climate Change, the Strategic Interests of Oil Exporters and the Role of OPEC

Day Three — April 20, 2017

Roundtable: OPECs Past, Present and Future


Chair: Robin Mills, Qamar Energy, columnist for The National


  • Abdullah Al Attiya, Chairman of Abdullah Bin Hamad Al-Attiya International Foundation for Sustainable Development, FormerDeputy Prime Minister and Minister of Energy of Qatar)
  • Majid Al Moneef, former OPEC Governor for Saudi Arabia
  • Khair El-Din Haseeb, Center for Arab Unity Studies
  • Ramzi Salman, former OPEC Deputy Secretary General
  • Paul Stevens, Chatam House