On November 8, 2013, Caspian Center for Energy and Environment (CCEE) of Azerbaijan Diplomatic Academy (ADA) hosted a round-table discussion on “Arab Spring: Causes, Consequences and Energy Security” with Dr. David Pollock of the Washington Institute. He noted that the likelihood of Arab Spring’s spread to energy-rich countries in the Greater Middle East is not that high, while the influence of the events so far on the global energy landscape is not significant. Dr. Pollock also discussed energy situation around Iraq’s Kurdish region. He said that Turkey is deeply interested and already actively engaged in delivering hydrocarbons from Iraqi Kurdistan, and that the tandem between Ankara and Erbil is not expected to lead to political independence of Iraqi Kurdistan. During his presentation, Dr. Pollock also touched upon the possibility of building a gas pipeline from Israel to Turkey, should the relationship between the countries improve.
David Pollock is the Kaufman fellow at The Washington Institute focusing on the political dynamics of Middle East countries. He served previously as senior advisor for the Broader Middle East at the State Department. He has served as a visiting lecturer at Harvard University and as assistant professor at George Washington University. Dr. Polock has B.A. from Harvard College, and Ph.D. from Harvard University.