OPEC’s role has evolved considerably since its inception in 1960, but Western countries’ antipathy toward the bloc has been constant. For most of its history, being public enemy number one has been irrelevant or desirable to OPEC. However, in 2022, the time is suitable for the group to actively cultivate an image as a constructive element of the world order. Its current public relations efforts are poor.
Dr. Omar Al-Ubaydli, Director, Studies and Research Directorate