Energy will play an increasingly important role in international security and vice versa. The Center on Global Energy Policy launched the International Security Initiative to conduct research and hold events in some of the most important energy-related policy issues of our time, including energy security, terrorism, cybersecurity, sanctions, and the security implications of energy poverty. The Initiative explores issues at the intersection of energy markets, policy and geopolitics to inform policy debates, foster understanding of global security and energy dynamics, and produce independent and data-driven research.

Led by Richard Nephew, CGEP senior research scholar and former Deputy Coordinator for Sanctions Policy at the U.S. Department of State and John MacWilliams, CGEP fellow and former Associate Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy, and Jonathan Elkind, CGEP senior research scholar and former Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy, the Initiative produces in-depth research papers, policy briefs and host roundtable discussions and off-the-record conversations with senior energy policy officials and industry leaders. CGEP non-resident fellows Michael P. Dempsey, former acting Director of National Intelligence and career intelligence officer, William Rich, former U.S. Financial Attaché to the United Arab Emirates, and Oman, and Ariane Tabatabai, associate political scientist at the RAND Corporation, also support the work of the initiative.

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Richard Nephew and Jarrett Blanc

Jarrett Blanc and Richard Nephew discuss the imminent nuclear crisis in Iran, atomic archive and the path forward.

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CGEP Senior Research Scholar Richard Nephew explores the Trump Administration efforts to drive Iranian oil exports to zero. 

This report reviews the 1982 Soviet Gas Pipeline episode, sets some lessons from it against the current US-European relationship and makes recommendations to modify current US sanctions practice in order to help manage partner concerns and avoid future crises. 

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Richard Nephew
Senior Research Scholar, Center on Global Energy Policy

Host Jason Bordoff discusses how Iran, U.S. allies, and U.S. competitors will react to the U.S. withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal with CGEP Scholar Richard Nephew.

Dr. Tatiana Mitrova
Director of the SKOLKOVO Energy Centre in Moscow

Host Jason Bordoff sat down with Dr. Tatiana Mitrova to discuss Russia's oil and gas sector.

Dr. Ernest Moniz, former U.S. Secretary of Energy

From climate policy to geopolitical tensions and sanctions to technological innovation, the energy world is facing enormous change, complexity and uncertainty. To discuss some of today’s most timely issues across the energy landscape, Jason...