Languages: Arabic, English, conversational French
Areas of Expertise: Oil and gas sectors in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.
Tareq Baconi is a policy fellow with ECFR’s Middle East and North Africa programme where he focuses on the politics of natural resources in the Middle East and North Africa. His previous publications with ECFR include "Pipelines and Pipedreams: How the EU can support a regional gas hub in the Eastern Mediterranean".
Baconi has worked as a consultant in the energy sector, most recently as a managing consultant in Navigant’s energy practice in London. Alongside his advisory work, he has pursued research projects relating to the contemporary geopolitics of the region, particularly Israel-Palestine and Islamic movements. Baconi’s book, "Hamas Contained: The Rise and Pacification of Palestinian Resistance" is forthcoming with Stanford University Press in May 2018.
Tareq has been a Visiting Fellow at Columbia University’s Middle East Institute and his writings have appeared in Foreign Affairs, Sada: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, The Guardian, The Daily Star and Al Ghad. He has provided commentary on Middle East affairs to National Public Radio, Democracy Now, and Al Jazeera.
Tareq Baconi - 25 July 2018
Ethiopia is building Africa's largest dam, crucial to its energy security and economic growth. It is also causing issues with neighbours on the Nile, particularly Egypt, which could suffer from absolute water scarcity once the project is complete.
Tareq Baconi - 28 June 2018
The Sahel would benefit from new multilateral institutions that head off instability by addressing the problems of environmental stress in the region
Tareq Baconi - 14 March 2018
Humanitarian aid cannot relieve suffering that stems from ongoing political choices.
by Tareq Baconi - 21st December, 2017
The discovery of gas reserves in the eastern Mediterranean could create an "economic peace"
by Tareq Baconi - 21st April, 2017
The region could transform into a source of energy and security for Europe, but crucial decisions still need to be made.
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