Oil or Climate Politics?
Avoiding a Destabilising Resource Split in the Arab Middle East
Author(s): Mari Luomi
Publisher(s): Finnish Institute of International Affairs (FIIA), Helsinki
Date of publication: 22 Apr 2010
Issue number: 58
Series: FIIA (UPI) Briefing Papers
Description: Despite clear indications regarding future negative impacts of climate change to the region, Arab states of the Middle East still do not perceive climate change as a threatening factor to their economic development and stability. A clear division of perceived interest in the international climate change negotiations is distinguishable between Opec member states of the Gulf and other states. The Opec members’ focus on the stability and continuity of oil export revenues continues to override any concern over their vulnerability to climate change itself.General note: © 2010 Finnish Institute of International Affairs (FIIA)