Energy Policy and Security



The Energy Policy and Security Program is an interdisciplinary platform to examine the intersection of energy and security in the Middle East region. The Program closely monitors the changing energy landscape in the region. It also aims to inform policy makers and the public on the challenges and opportunities of the shift towards alternative energy sources with a focus on nuclear power. The Program was established in 2016 with support from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.


  • Establish rigorous and technically informed research on issues on the borderline between energy policy and security;
  • Examine the potential for cross-border energy initiatives and projects to promote cooperation and trust between states in the Middle East;
  • Derive research-based policy tools and analyses to inform decision-making on energy issues, particularly on the economics of energy;
  • Maximize the Issam Fares Institute’s impact within the energy policy realm through presenting robust research in accessible forms such as policy reports and public events.

Focus Areas

  • Nuclear power and the Middle East;
  • Post-conflict energy planning;
  • Energy security in a Middle East context;
  • Renewable energy.

Main Contacts

Ali Ahmad, Program Director
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Lory Kantargian, Research Assistant
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Marc Ayoub, Research Assistant
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Ongoing Projects

  • Post-confl​ict energy planning in the Middle East ​
  • Lebanon’​s 2030 energy planning 
  • Nuclear Power and the Middle East in 2025: Uncertainties and Opportunities (Part II)
  • Small modular reactors: Technology and policy aspects
  • The economics and geopolitics of oil and gas development in Lebanon

Completed Projects

  • Nuclear Power and the Middle East in 2025: Uncertainties and Opportunities (Part I)
  • Renewable Energy in Palestine: Opportunities, Barriers and the Way Forward
  • Status and emerging trends of nuclear power projects financing