Publications

The Center’s research agenda emphasizes an economic and geostrategic approach to key energy policy areas. Current research programs encompass a wide variety of specific studies and topics, focused both on U.S. policy and specific regions around the world. Below is a list of research reports and working papers authored by Center staff and Fellows, ordered by most recent publication date.

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Adrian Lajous

The steep decline in crude prices over the past five months has put a spotlight on many oil exporting countries and the pressures they face due to lower revenues. As part of the Center on Global Energy Policy’s examination of the effect of lower prices on the global economy and geopolitics, Center Fellow Adrian Lajous explored the implications for Mexico in the following policy brief. Mr. Lajous served as the Director General of Pemex (CEO) and Chairman of the boards of the Pemex group of operating companies from 1994 to 1999. The views expressed here are those of the author.

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Jason Bordoff, Dr. James Stock

For the United States, new questions are emerging about the economic impact of lower oil prices. The US is now the world’s largest petroleum producer and consumer, so lower prices creates both economic winners and losers. This policy brief explores the overall economic impacts of a sharp drop in oil prices for the United States.

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Robert McNally

A combination of slowing global demand, recovering Libyan output, and strong US supply growth has caused a steep decline in oil prices. Many oil market participants are now eyeing OPEC, and specifically Saudi Arabia, to see if it will reduce production in order to support oil prices. Robert McNally, fellow for the Center on Global Energy Policy and President of The Rapidan Group, explores this complex issue and its repercussions in the following policy brief. The views expressed are his own.

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Jason Bordoff

The Center on Global Energy Policy released a new report today, "American Gas to the Rescue? The Impact of US LNG Exports on European Security and Russian Foreign Policy,” co-authored by Jason Bordoff, Founding Director, Center on Global Energy Policy, and Trevor Houser, Partner, Rhodium Group. As Western governments have responded to Russia’s continued efforts to destabilize Ukraine, the potential for US natural gas exports to inflict economic pain on Moscow and undermine its influence in Europe have made for some eye-catching headlines. To cut through the hyperbole surrounding this issue, the authors undertook a study that provides a cool-headed examination of the impact of US LNG exports on European energy security and Russian foreign policy.

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David Sandalow

During July 2014, a team led by Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy conducted several dozen interviews on Chinese shale gas policies. Individuals interviewed were from central government ministries, provincial government ministries, state-owned enterprises, independent oil and gas companies, oil and gas service companies, law firms, environmental groups, consultancies and universities. The team also surveyed the Chinese and English-language literature on the Chinese shale gas sector. Based on those interviews and that research, the team provides this report as a resource for discussions in the months and years ahead.

Interview

BP Chief Economist Christof Rühl sat down with Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy ahead of the release of BP’s annual Statistical Review of World Energy in the United States to discuss the rise of U.S. oil production and the subsequent surge in domestic demand last year, European dependence on Russian natural gas, the outlook for oil price stability, and growth in global coal consumption.

Interview

Forecasting the long-term outlook for global energy markets has always been a formidable task. The Center on Global Energy Policy sat down with Eirik Wærness, Statoil’s chief economist, ahead of the U.S. presentation of Statoil’s long-term macro and market outlook (PDF), to discuss the changes in global energy security requirements, geopolitical risks to markets, U.S. shale oil production, the impact of the developing global LNG market, and the variables which must be taken into account when looking 25 years into the future of the global energy system.

Commentary

Jason Bordoff

Jason Bordoff, Founding Director of the Center on Global Energy Policy, contributed to a new paper by Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) on how the corporate use of carbon pricing can spur innovation, curtail risk and provide investors with an economic valuation of climate-related risks and opportunities.

Interview

Center on Global Energy Policy

Daniel Poneman, the longest serving Deputy Secretary in the history of the U.S. Department of Energy, announced today that he was stepping down from the position. Mr. Poneman was a critical player in some of the biggest decisions to face U.S. energy policy in generations. He sat down to discuss some of those issues with Jason Bordoff, Founding Director of the Center on Global Energy Policy.

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Center on Global Energy Policy

To provide background and context for improved understanding of the current situation in Iraq, the Center on Global Energy Policy is pleased to present an Issue Brief on Iraq’s Oil Sector providing facts about Iraq’s potential production, reserves, current production, pipeline network, refineries, and foreign investment. We hope you find it a useful resource.

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