Iran and the West: Oil, Sanctions, and Future Scenarios



June 26, 2012





9:00 – 9:15     Light Breakfast


9:15 – 9:30     Welcoming Remarks – Ambassador Andras Simonyi (Managing Director, SAIS CTR)


9:30 – 11:00   Panel I    Energy and Politics: Myths and Reality of a Complex Interaction




  • Claudia Castiglioni (Calouste Gulbenkian Fellow – SAIS CTR)


  • Sara Vakhoshouri (President of SVB Energy International and former Advisor to Director of the National Iranian Oil Company International)


  • Guy Caruso (Senior adviser in the Energy and National Security Program at CSIS, former administrator of the Energy Information Administration)




  • Robert J. Lieber (Department of Government and School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University)


11:00 – 11:15   Coffee


11:15 – 12:45 Panel II The future of Iran-West Relations: a Transatlantic Perspective




  • Ambassador Carlos Pascual (Special Envoy, State Department’s Special Envoy and Coordinator for International Energy Affairs) has been invited


  • Christian Burgsmueller (Counselor, Head, Transport, Energy, Environment and Nuclear Matters Section, EU Delegation in DC)


  • Abbas Maleki (Robert E. Wilhelm Fellow at Center for International Studies, MIT)




  • Suzanne Maloney (Senior Fellow, Saban Center for Middle East Policy at Brookings Institution)