1st Edition

OPEC and the World’s Energy Future Its Legacy and Promise

By Mohammed A. Alsahlawi Copyright 2021
    96 Pages 23 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    OPEC and the World’s Energy Future offers a complete account of OPEC’s past, present, and possible future in relation to economic, political, and technological changes. It focuses on the impacts of recent international political and economic developments and analyzes the factors affecting OPEC as well as the world oil market.

    • Offers readers a thorough understanding of the interplay among international economics, politics, and technological advances and their effect on the world oil market
    • Describes the continued importance of oil and gas as major sources of energy throughout the world
    • Examines OPEC’s history and merits, highlights differences among OPEC members, and discusses OPEC’s relations with the outside world
    • Illustrates the impact of new technologies and how they may challenge and change the organization in the near and long term

    Aimed at policy makers, managers, scientists, and technologists in the oil and gas industry, this work offers readers a thorough understanding of the interplay among international economics, politics, and technological advances and their effect on the world oil market.

    I. Introduction. 

    II. OPEC’s Role in World Oil Market.

    III. Energy Technology and OPEC.

    IV. Forces Shape Energy's Future.

    V. OPEC’s Existence.

    VI. Side Issues.

    VII. Wrap-Up.


    Dr. Mohammed A. Alsahlawi is currently Professor of Economics, Department of Finance and Economics, College of Industrial Management, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM), and earlier was Dean of the College of Industrial Management. The author holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Wisconsin and MBA and BS in Chemical Engineering from KFUPM. He was a member of the Advisory Board of the Saudi Arabian Supreme Economic Council from 1997 to 2002. He established and was the Director of the Human Resources Development Fund (HRDF) (2001-2007). Dr. Alsahlawi serves on several editorial boards of international journals in energy economics and business economics and economic development/human resource management. He has advised private- and public-sector corporations on economic, managerial, and industrial issues. His publications have appeared in Energy Economics, The Energy Journal, The Journal of Energy and Development, and OPEC Review, among others.

    "...timely and relevant to many sectors of our global economy and the future direction of OPEC member countries."

    —Dr. Dorothea El Mallakh, Executive Director, International Centre for Energy, Environment and Development (ICEED)

     "Dr. Mohammad Al-Sahlawi's book will become a must-read for energy policy experts, politicians, and global leaders in academia and in the business community. Given his extensive experience with OPEC, his knowledge of Saudi Arabia and his entree into the world's policy making apparatus, he brings a wealth of experience and a profound and nuanced understanding of how the energy sector functions, the major players, and the role of OPEC in the world's energy future. His work will be widely read and will help to guide the world to a more efficient and environmentally benign future. Humanity is in dire need of his wisdom."

    —Peter Adam, Founder/Chairman ATG, UAE