|West sees energy, foreign policies merging
Tuesday, 11 March, 2008, 01:48 AM Doha
Mel Levine and Baroness Amos ... strategic concern
ENERGY independence and foreign policy are two key issues that have taken the centre stage in the
campaigning for the US presidential election, an American delegate at the ongoing conference on ‘Enriching the
Middle East’s Economic Future’ here has said.
“Both Republicans and Democrats discuss these issues
considerably in the run up to the elections,” Mel Levine said at a session on ‘Integrating energy with foreign
policy and security’ yesterday.
Levine, a senior American attorney, said rising oil prices are a matter of
concern in the US. The oil price is now in excess of $100 per barrel. Americans watch with interest their
representatives’ policies on nuclear energy and gas.
“I believe our energy policy is inextricably linked to
our foreign and security policy,” said Levine who served as a member of the US Congress from 1983 to 1993 and as a
member of the California Assembly from 1977 to 1982.
He is also a member of the California bar and the
District of Columbia bar.
Speaking at the same session, Baroness Amos, former leader of the British House
of Lords said the rising prices of energy were a matter of concern for the world as a whole and energy security is a
In terms of economic diversification, she said, it was time one looked “beyond the energy
sector”. Manufacturing and services sector also needed focus.
Amos also highlighted the importance of
education in alleviating poverty all over the world. She particularly lauded the efforts being made by Qatar
Foundation (QF) in promoting education and research.
Baroness Amos is a Labour Party politician and life
peer, formerly serving as Leader of the House of Lords and Lord President of the Council.
When she was
appointed Secretary of State for International Development in May 2003, following the resignation of Clare Short,
she became the first black woman to sit in the UK cabinet. She left the cabinet when Gordon Brown became Prime