CALL FOR PAPERS - “Realities and Futures of Energy in The Middle East”

Call for papers for: Review of Economics and Political Science

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Energy and the changes in its forms contributed throughout history to the establishment and maintenance of human civilization. Every discovery in the realm of energy meant a step forward for humanity and an additional building block for survival. One needs not to mention how many upheavals and massive shifts in the history of humanity have been associated with the discoveries and innovations in the forms of energy. This ranges from the incredible discovery of controlled fire by Homo Erectus some two million years ago, to the discovery of steam, electricity, and the spectacular nuclear energy of the twentieth century. In addition, to the continuous advancement in the extraction and employment of traditional energy sources like water, wind, oil and Gas. 


However, the tale is not always fairy when it comes to energy, as energy is also an issue of tension, conflict and even catastrophes. Many past and present conflicts can be considered, more or less, as conflicts over the sources of energy. This made the tragedies of energy numerous and complicated, reminding us of many dramatic episodes; like a Hitler diving into a perilous expanse of a vast Soviet Union, or Japanese cities annihilated by atomic bombs during WWII or an Iraqi state driven into chaos in 2003 to satisfy the oil thirsty Americans or the endless saga around Iran’s nuclear program.


Moreover, the future of energy is also a pressing issue on the agenda of many states and regional entities, as the quest for more stable and sustainable sources of energy became their first priority. This invites policy makers and researchers, not only, to look for new stable sources of energy, but also to enhance the sustainability of the resources at hand. Such a balance of criteria considers costs and risks, and after the widespread awareness of climate change, stipulates an understanding of the pressures energy  poses to  environment.


Nevertheless, thinking all these dilemmas within the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) makes them more diverse and sophisticated As the Middle East remains to be a turbulent region for energy conflicts and a promising area for energy cooperation. For instance, the discoveries of  natural gas in the Mediterranean can foster an incredible network of cooperation across the shores of the historic sea, or can spark –overnight– an international conflict that includes at least seven countries along with their allies and mercenaries. Oil too remains a conflictual issue in the region with the presence of  fundamentalist and\or mercenary groups trying to control energy flows in Libya, Syria and Iraq, in addition to the duel of sanctions and escape between the US and Iran over the distribution of Iranian Oil. Such a duel poses continuous challenges against the stability of oil market within the Gulf region, which remains to be one of the major hot spots for oil production and distribution in the world.


Renewable sources of energy have their own nexus of conflict and cooperation. Egypt, for instance-major power in the region- managed to establish infrastructure(s) for wind energy, solar energy and for transferring natural gas across the Mediterranean. However, this did not save Egypt from a similar conflict over water and electricity with the Nile basin countries, and another one over natural gas with its current Islamist nemesis in Turkey and Libya.


Finally, developing and inaugurating new pass ways and routes for energy flows signals a future of changes in the regional balance of power. This might include the speculations over the normalization treaties of many gulf countries with Israel and their intention to create new routes for energy flows in the region. How this might impact the existent routes (like the Suez Canal for instance) is an issue yet to be studied.


These dilemmas taken together made us in Review of Economics and Political Science invite submissions for research papers tackling the above energy issues or any of its following dimensions:


  1. The economics of sustainable energy.
  2. Energy conflicts in the middle east and their regional and global repercussions.
  3. The stability of energy markets in the region.
  4. Renewable energy and its economic opportunities.
  5. The future of energy in the region.
  6. The role of multi-lateral organizations in fostering energy cooperation and sustainability.
  7. Climate change and its impact on the diversity of energy sources.
  8. The shift towards sustainable sources of energy and its economic feasibility in the region.
  9. Energy infrastructure(s)and economic growth.
  10. Foreign policy, public policy and the quest for energy.
  11. Energy and sustainable development.


This list of dimensions is not exclusive, as  any other idea that tackles the wider theme of this call will be welcomed.


*Articles using quantitative\empirical methods with clearly demonstrated results will be prioritized.


Please submit your 300 words abstract via the link :


the deadline for submitting abstract(s) is (15\December\2020) . Accepted abstracts will be notified by the 3rd of January 2021. Full papers must be submitted by (1\April\2021). They must not exceed 9500 words including abstract, paper body, and list of references. For style guidelines, please check REPS guidelines on


All of the submitted full papers will be subjected to double blind peer review.

For any inquiries regarding this call for articles please consult Mr. Ramy Magdy, REPS Editorial Assistant and Political Science Assistant Lecturer at Cairo University ([email protected]) or Ms. Pakinam Fikry, REPS Editorial Assistant and Economics Assistant Lecturer at Cairo University ([email protected] )