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Robin Mills

Robin Mills is founder of Qamar Energy, established to meet the need for regionally based Middle East energy insight. He is an expert on energy strategy and economics, and has been described by Foreign Policy magazine as “one of the energy world’s great minds.” Prior to this, Mills led major consulting assignments for the EU in Iraq. He also consulted for a variety of international oil companies on Middle East business development, integrated gas and power generation and renewable energy.

Mills worked for a decade at Shell, concentrating on new business development in the Middle East. He subsequently worked for six years with Dubai Holding and the Emirates National Oil Company, better known as Enoc, where he advanced business development efforts in the Middle East energy sector.

He is a fellow at Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy, a senior fellow of the Iraq Energy Institute and previously a non-resident fellow for energy at the Brookings Institution. He is currently a columnist at The National and Bloomberg, and the author of “Sunrise in the Desert,” on solar energy in the Middle East, and “The Myth of the Oil Crisis” and “Capturing Carbon.”

Mills holds a first in geology from the University of Cambridge, and speaks Arabic, Farsi, Dutch and Norwegian.

Articles By Robin Mills

The Attack on Saudi Arabia’s Abqaiq Refinery and the Realpolitik of Oil By Robin Mills - Sep 18, 2019

 As the fires still burn at Saudi Arabia’s giant Abqaiq oil processing plant, attention has turned to the immediate impact on oil prices. The missile or drone attack, blamed by the US on Iranian allies in either Yemen or more likely Iraq, has temporarily knocked out half of the kingdom’s oil processing capacity. But more … Continue reading “The Attack on Saudi Arabia’s Abqaiq Refinery and the Realpolitik of Oil”

The US Isn’t Protecting Its Supply of Oil from the Middle East – It Wants to Control Prices as Foreign Policy By Robin Mills - May 27, 2019

Following the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003, Iran and its regional allies emerged once more as the key threat as perceived by America. But the question remains as to why the US should be so concerned about a third-rate power in a region seemingly less central to American interests today. The answer lies in … Continue reading “The US Isn’t Protecting Its Supply of Oil from the Middle East – It Wants to Control Prices as Foreign Policy”

Bouteflika and Al Bashir’s Successors in Algeria and Sudan Must Reinvent their Oil Economy By Robin Mills - Apr 17, 2019

Within the space of two weeks, three North African leaders have been forced from power by the military after popular protests: Abdelaziz Bouteflika of Algeria, then Omar Al Bashir of Sudan and his transient replacement Awad Ibn Auf. Unless their successors can reinvent the failing oil economy, they too will face the people’s anger. The … Continue reading “Bouteflika and Al Bashir’s Successors in Algeria and Sudan Must Reinvent their Oil Economy”

Oman’s Economic Troubles Offer a Lens into Other Middle East Energy Producers By Robin Mills - Mar 20, 2019

This month, Moody’s downgraded Oman’s credit rating below investment grade. The sultanate, often a test case for the rest of the region, has tried hard to wean its economy off oil-dependence. But its downgrade is a sign of how difficult this is, and a warning to the rest of this region. In response to a … Continue reading “Oman’s Economic Troubles Offer a Lens into Other Middle East Energy Producers”