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2015 News Items

July 2015

Richard Nephew, Center Fellow and Program Director, and the former U.S. State Department Sanctions Policy Chief, and MIT Securities Studies Program Researcher James Walsh examine the state of nuclear negotiations with Iran, the impact of global sanctions against the nation and what can be expected from an agreement. They speak on “Bloomberg Markets.”

Richard Nephew, Fellow and Program Director for Economic Statecraft, Sanctions and Energy Markets, joined a Reuters Global Oil Forum discussion on Iran and the Middle East, including ongoing nuclear negotiations. A curated transcript of the conversation is available here.

June 2015

In the world’s roiling energy markets, the think tank is having a day in the sun. Antoine Halff, head of the oil industry and markets division for the International Energy Agency, the research and policy advisory arm of the OECD countries, is joining Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy, an up-and-coming academic think tank, as a senior fellow and director of the center’s global oil-markets research program.

In an interview with Al-Jazeera, Center Director Richard Nephew discusses potential ramifications of a failure in US-Iran nuclear talks. His comments begin at 1:09.

Center Fellow Dr. Jim Stock writes about the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's announcement of its long-delayed rules for the amount of renewable fuels to be required in the on-road fuel supply in 2014, 2015, and 2016. In the piece he argues that the proposal is a balancing act that supports second-generation fuels, and that the rule provides an opportunity for the ethanol industry to work constructively to expand ethanol penetration in a cost-effective way.

May 2015

Our world is getting more and more virtualized – but ultimately the Networked Age runs on power strips, cargo ships, and Uber trips. And over the next decade and a half, as 2.5 billion people in China, India, and other developing countries come online and join the global middle class, the global demand for energy is going to increase significantly. To take full advantage of the opportunities for entrepreneurship and innovation that the Networked Age enables, we’ll need new sources of energy, increased energy efficiency, and considered policies to make this happen.

The U.S. economy may not be benefiting as much as anticipated from the collapse in oil prices over the past 10 months. In fact, for oil-producing states, the decline of some 50% is taking a toll. But one thing seems clear: The nation as a whole is nowhere near as susceptible to sharp swings in oil prices — one way or the other — as it was for decades.

March 2015

CGEP Program Director Richard Nephew discusses how U.S. negotiators might try to roll back sanctions against Iran during talks over the country's nuclear program with Bloomberg's Alix Steel on Street Smart.

Forty-seven Senate Republicans sent a letter to Iranian leaders yesterday. That letter reminded Tehran that when President Obama leaves office, any nuclear deal he reaches with them might not survive unless Congress buys into it now. NPR speaks to Democratic and Republican senators as well as former Iran sanctions negotiator and CGEP Research Scholar and Sanctions Program Director Richard Nephew for their reactions.

David Sandalow, Inaugural Fellow, Center on Global Energy Policy, and former energy adviser to U.S. President Barack Obama, discusses the resistance towards a nuclear restart following the devastating earthquake which struck Japan on March 10th, 2011.