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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Center on Global Energy Policy

Since US President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro announced a historic thaw in US-Cuban relations in December 2014, both the US and Cuban governments have undertaken a series of steps to normalize diplomatic relations and to expand economic ties that had been curtailed since the early 1960s. In a new report from the Center on Global Energy Policy, author Peter Harrell, Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Center for a New American Security, argues that Congress needs to enact new legislation concerning US sanctions on Cuba in order to enable additional positive social and economic changes in Cuba, provide greater economic benefits to both countries, bring sanctions into better alignment with current US interests, and harmonize sanctions on Cuba with sanctions the United States imposes on most other countries subject to US sanctions.

Commentary

Richard Nephew

Program director Richard Nephew explores what Trump might do in his four years in office from the perspective of economic statecraft and the logical results of his actions.

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Jason Bordoff, Akos Losz

The explosion of US shale has brought expectations of great change for US LNG trade, increasing the volume of flexible cargoes available to markets traditionally dominated by long-term contracts between buyers and sellers. However, new supplies from the United States, combined with new production from Australia and elsewhere, have set the LNG market up for a glut that threatens to depress prices. In a new report by the Center on Global Energy Policy, the authors assess the factors influencing the competitiveness of US LNG around the globe, whether capacity will be curtailed in the near to medium term for economic reasons and how competitiveness of US LNG may evolve in the medium term.

Commentary

Jason Bordoff, Richard Nephew

In a new commentary Jason Bordoff and Richard Nephew examine what reimposing sanctions on Iran would mean for oil markets. They first assess the likelihood that sanctions reimposition would pull large volumes of Iranian oil off the market and then what impact that would have on oil markets and how the possibility of reimposition affects Iran’s negotiating posture within OPEC.

Commentary

Richard Nephew

Program director Richard Nephew explores what would happen should President-elect Trump attempt to renegotiate the Iran nuclear deal in a new commentary. Nephew outlines and addresses three key questions that face the next Administration: Can the future president get more from Iran as part of a negotiated arrangement?; How much more does he need to get to declare success?; What will he risk in order to get it?

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David Sandalow, Keith J. Benes

What do investors and infrastructure developers think about the Paris Agreement? What impact do they believe it will have on the availability of capital for clean energy? In a new paper from the Center on Global Energy Policy, David Sandalow, Keith Benes and Caitlin Augustin report on the results of a survey on these topics. Applying a survey methodology widely used in marketing but not previously used in climate policy analysis, they asked several hundred investors, infrastructure developers and others their views on the Paris Agreement, other national and international policies and climate finance. The survey was conducted both before and after the Paris conference with respondents mostly from the United States and United Kingdom.

Commentary

Jason Bordoff

Director Jason Bordoff writes in the Wall Street Journal that while the outlook for bipartisan cooperation on energy may seem bleak, it will be important for both sides of the aisle to look for potential areas of common ground after a deeply divisive campaign. Bordoff points to investment in energy research and development as an area which has long enjoyed broad support in both parties as a way to boost American competitiveness.

Commentary

Jason Bordoff

In a written debate/discussion in The Wall Street Journal, Director Jason Bordoff discusses OPEC's relevance and the future of the organization with Helima Croft, head of commodity strategy, RBC Capital Markets and Bassam Fattouh, director of the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies.

Commentary

Jason Bordoff

Director Jason Bordoff writes in The Wall Street Journal that the transition to a low carbon economy brings many positives for the environment and energy security, but will also result in new risks such as cybersecurity.

Commentary

Robert M. Hallman

Last month marked the four-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, which devastated communities along the Northeastern coast of the United States and caused significant power, fuel and transportation disruptions to millions of families and businesses in the Tri-State region. In a new commentary, non-resident Fellow Robert Hallman writes that since the storm, considerable progress has been made to improve the resilience of the electric grid and prioritize power restoration to critical fuel supply infrastructure; however, as Hallman outlined in a CGEP report this summer, there is still an urgent need for local governments to do more.

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