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Oil and political survival in Persian Gulf region to be discussed at Baker Institute Feb. 6
News Release
Tuesday, February 05, 2019

HOUSTON – Is the Persian Gulf region becoming a victim of its own success?

Dilemmas created by oil wealth now threaten the area’s economies and political systems, according to Jim Krane, an energy fellow at Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy. Krane will talk about those problems in a discussion of his new book, "Energy Kingdoms: Oil and Political Survival in the Persian Gulf," at the institute Feb. 6.

The event is free and open to the public. Registration is required at    

Who: Jim Krane, the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow for Energy Studies at the Baker Institute, author and former journalist who spent six years in the Gulf region.

What: A presentation titled "Energy Kingdoms: Oil and Political Survival in the Persian Gulf."

When: Wednesday, Feb. 6, 6-7:30 p.m. A reception will be at 5:30.

Where: Rice University, James A. Baker III Hall, Doré Commons, 6100 Main St.

Oil has transformed the six Gulf monarchies from isolated hermit kingdoms into some of the most cash- and technology-saturated countries on Earth, Krane said. First, government subsidies have driven domestic oil and gas consumption to unprecedented heights, leading Gulf leaders to try to curb domestic use and preserve oil exports — the source of their economic and political power. At the same time, fossil fuels are contributing to climate changes that will make life in the region difficult within the current century, Krane said. But climate action could threaten energy exports, which also serve as the region’s source of strategic security provided by the United States, he said.

At this event, Krane will outline the history of oil's influence on governance in the Gulf, discussing the region's current energy conundrum and its struggle to remain viable in a climate-stressed world. A book signing will follow the presentation. Copies of the book will be available for purchase from Brazos Bookstore.

A live webcast of the event will be available at      

Members of the news media who want to attend should RSVP to Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at or 713-348-6775.

For a map of Rice University’s campus with parking information, go to Media should park in the Central Campus Garage (underground).


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