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Oil in the Arab-Persian Gulf
Taught by: Jean-Francois Seznec

Description
E-Seminar Description
In his e-seminar Oil in the Arab-Persian Gulf, Jean-Francois Seznec, Professor at Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs, examines the intricacies of the oil trade in the Arab-Persian Gulf and its global impact. A former banker who worked for ten years in the Middle East, he explains the terminology of the industry and the nuts and bolts of pricing and transportation. He offers basic information often not understood by those outside the business. In the course of looking at the interplay of oil and politics in the Gulf region as well as in Europe, Professor Seznec discusses new technologies being used to find and harvest oil, and goes on to consider the political fallout from the use of some of those technologies. This e-seminar contains maps, an interactive glossary, and a list of links to information about the oil business worldwide.

E-Seminar Length:3-5 hours
Start Date:Anytime
Credits:Not-for-Credit
Prerequisites:None
Moderator:None
Columbia Students, Faculty, Staff, and Alumni:FREE

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Outline | Instructor's Background | Recommended Reading | Technical Requirements | Additional Information

Outline
1. Introduction
2. The Arab-Persian Gulf
     Oil Fields
     The Drilling Is Easy
     Mountainous Fields
3. Politics and Oil Fields
     Canaries in the Cage
     The Neutral Zone
4. Reserves
     Syria
     Reserves and Prices
     African Reserves
     Saudi Oil
     Last Resorts
     Are We Running Out?
5. Oil Terminology
     Light and Heavy
     Sweet and Sour
6. Transporting Oil
     Carriers
     Tanker Trade
     Determinates of Cost
     Pipelines
     Trucks
     TAP
7. Selling Oil
     Three Major Prices
     The Market
     Making Money on Oil
     European Oil Prices
8. Oil and Saudi Arabia
     Time Is Running Out
     The Energy Advantage
     Making Fertilizer
9. The Oil Weapon

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Instructor's Background
Instructor's Background
Professor Jean-Francois Seznec lectures widely, both in the United States and abroad, on international financial markets and Middle East. His research focuses on the influence that political and social variables of the Arab-Persian Gulf have on the financial and oil markets in the region. A member of the advisory board of Human Rights Watch and of the finance committee of the Middle East Studies Association, Professor Seznec is a frequent guest at the Council on Foreign Relations. He has 25 years of experience, 10 of them spent in the Middle East, in international banking and finance. Professor Seznec, who holds a B.A. from Washington College, an M.I.A. from Columbia University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Yale University, teaches at Columbia and at Georgetown University.

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Recommended Reading
Gause, F. Gregory. Oil Monarchies: Domestic and Security Challenges in the Arab Gulf States. New York: Council on Foreign Relations Press, 1994.

Hartshorn, J. E. Oil Trade: Politics and Prospects. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 1993.

International Petroleum Encyclopedia. Tulsa, Okla.: PennWell, 1998.

Munif, Abd al-Rahman. Cities of Salt: A Novel. Translated by Peter Theroux. New York: Random House, 1987. This novel by a Saudi writer shows how oil transforms and destroys societies in the Arab-Persian.

Tusiani, Michael D. The Petroleum Shipping Industry. 2 vols. Tulsa, Okla.: PennWell, 1996.

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Technical Requirements
You will need to use a computer with Internet access to complete this course. We recommend the following minimum configurations:

IBM-COMPATIBLE PC
Windows 95, 98, 2000, XP, or NT
64 MB of RAM (128 recommended)
Monitor: 800x600 resolution recommended
Connection: Internet service and 56K modem minimum
Browser: Internet Explorer 4 or above (Internet Explorer 5 strongly recommended) or Netscape 4.7 or above
Sound Card (if you can hear audio you have a sound card)
Plug-ins: RealPlayer 7 or later; Flash Player 5 or later; Acrobat Reader 5 or later
(all plug-ins are free)

MACINTOSH
MAC OS 8.6 or higher
64 MB of RAM (128 recommended)
Monitor: 800x600 resolution recommended
Connection: Internet service and 56K modem minimum
Browser: Internet Explorer 5 or above or Netscape 4.7 or above
Sound Card (if you can hear audio you have a sound card)
Plug-ins: RealPlayer 7 or later; Flash Player 5 or later; Acrobat Reader 5 or later
(all plug-ins are free)

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Additional Information
Who should take this course?
Everyone interested in understanding in greater detail the global oil trade in the Arab-Persian Gulf; current-affairs and political-science buffs; lifelong learners.

Reading assignments: There are no required reading assignments in this course.

Taking the seminar: The content of this seminar is delivered entirely on the Internet. You may access this content and participate in discussions at any time during which the course is open. There are no set times in which you must be online.

This course includes a discussion board for students to pose questions or thoughts related to the topics presented in the course.

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