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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China has emerged as a truly global actor, impacting every region and every major issue area. Writing as part of the new Global China project at Brookings, Richard Nephew examines China's shift from being on the receiving end of sanctions to using sanctions itself.

Oil and gas refining in Abqaiq, Saudi Arabia

Jason BordoffAntoine Halff, and Richard Nephew offer insights on the attacks on Saudi Arabia's oil production and their potential impacts on energy markets, geopolitics, and energy security.

Gasoline prices are displayed on a sign at a Shell gas station as an image of Donald Trump appears on a billboard nearby April 24, 2006 in San Francisco, California. (Justin Sullivan | Getty Images)

In his latest opinion column in Foreign PolicyJason Bordoff examines this weekend’s massive attack on Saudi Arabia’s oil infrastructure, arguing that “the attack on Abqaiq, the world’s most critical oil facility, is a stark reminder that the United States is not energy independent, nor can it go it alone when it comes to diplomacy in the world’s most critical oil-producing region. Energy security comes from being more, not less, connected with the rest of the world."

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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...