Commentary

The Role of International Institutions in Fostering Sub-Saharan Africa's Electrification

Dr. Morgan Bazilian
Infrastructure
Resilience
Sustainability

Fellow Morgan Bazilian and Simone Tagliapietra, senior researcher at the Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei, discuss the role of international institutions in bringing electricity to sub-Saharan Africa.

From Katrina to Harvey: Storm Resilience in the Age of Shale

Antoine Halff
Climate Change
Infrastructure
Oil
Resilience

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by Antoine Halff

 

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Do Economic Sanctions Cause a Rally Around the Flag?

Dr. Timothy M. Frye
Geopolitics

In a new commentary from the Center on Global Energy Policy, faculty affiliate Timothy Frye writes that despite the frequency of criticism that economic sanctions induce a rally around the flag affect, evidence in support of the claim is hard to come by.

Global Energy Dialogue: Russian Oil and Gas

Center on Global Energy Policy
Geopolitics
Natural Gas
Oil

A Global Energy Dialogue memorandum summarizes a high-level workshop on June 5, 2017 exploring the economic, social, market, and geopolitical factors influencing Russia’s present and future in regard to oil and gas.

Apocalypse Now: Venezuela, Oil and Reconstruction - Global Energy Dialogue

Antoine Halff
Luisa Palacios
Dr. Francisco Monaldi
Exports
Oil

In an effort to better understand the situation in Venezuela and implications on its energy sector and economy, the Center on Global Energy Policy hosted a Global Energy Dialogue in June 2017, under the Chatham House Rule. CGEP scholar Antoine Halff, CGEP fellows Francisco Monaldi and Luisa Palacios, and Miguel Angel Santos, a fellow at Harvard University's Center for International Development, capture some of the discussion's main takeaways in this memorandum.

Iran Nuclear Deal on Life Support

Richard Nephew
Geopolitics

Senior Scholar Richard Nephew writes that despite the announcement on July 17th that the Trump Administration is going to keep the United States in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) with Iran, the deal is on life support.

Re-Establishing Deterrence with Moscow Through Energy Sanctions

Richard Nephew
Geopolitics

Senior Scholar Richard Nephew writes that the U.S. House of Representatives should pass bill S.722 – one that would seek to impose new mandatory sanctions against Russia and authorize the president to impose measures at his own discretion – in order to re-establish deterrence with Russia over its broader foreign policy agenda.  

Modernizing the International Energy Agency: A Task Worthy of US Leadership

Jonathan Elkind
Geopolitics

In the run up to the November 2017 International Energy Agency (IEA) ministerial meeting in Paris, Jonathan Elkind, a Fellow at the Center on Global Energy Policy, writes on the importance of the new U.S. Administration to lead the charge in modernizing the IEA. Despite criticism from President Trump about the efficacy of international organizations and his championing of an “America First” energy policy, Elkind urges the president and his team to not waste an opportunity to invest wisely in an institution that has not only served the United States and its partners well for more than forty years, but has great potential to continue to do so in the next forty.

OPEC's Catch 22?

Antoine Halff
Exports
Oil

Antoine Halff writes that market perceptions of OPEC's predicament as it approaches the Vienna meeting--to extend production cuts, raise prices and give the shale industry more support versus unshackling its exports to flood the market and lower oil prices--diverges from reality, and in the short term, the threat of U.S. shale might not be quite as dire as it seems.

OPEC’s Strategic Options in a Shale World

Jamie Webster
Exports
Oil

In front of the May 2017 OPEC meeting in Vienna, Fellow Jamie Webster indicates that shale still lurks as a strategic threat, and that even though volume-wise, U.S. shale may be too small to take on OPEC’s traditional role as the market balancer, its still-accelerating growth rate is sufficient enough that it could again play the role of disruptor. Webster outlines strategic options--and the pros and cons of each--for OPEC to consider should shale growth reach a level that is unsustainable for a balanced market.

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