Geopolitics and Upheaval in Oil Markets

I’m very pleased to announce that we have launched a new webinar series from the Harvard Project on Climate Agreements“Conversations on Climate Change and Energy Policy,” which features presentations, interviews, and other engagements with leading authorities on climate change and related energy policy, whether from academia, the private sector, NGOs, or government.

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We were fortunate to be able to launch this new series on June 3, 2020, with Meghan O’Sullivan, the Jeanne Kirkpatrick Professor of the Practice of International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School, where she directs the Geopolitics of Energy Project.  Her most recent book, published by Simon & Schuseter in September, 2017, is Windfall:  How the New Energy Abundance Upends Global Politics and Strengthens America’s Power.  A recording of the webinar — plus a complete transcript — is available here.

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Megan O’Sullivan

I think it is fair to say that Professor O’Sullivan is the quintessential Harvard Kennedy School faculty member, because in addition to her extensive and relevant scholarly research, she has had abundant experience in the policy world as a practitioner, including work in policy formulation and negotiation as a Special Assistant to President George W. Bush.

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On location in the Middle East during the Bush 43 administration

The webinar begins with Meghan’s presentation on “The Geopolitics of the Global Upheaval in Oil Markets,” in which she touches on the recent impacts on global oil markets of both price competition and the demand shock associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.  Following her presentation, I pose some questions, drawing – in part – on ones submitted by webinar participants. 

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In conversation at the Harvard Kennedy School in 2011 with Richard Haass, former State Department and National Security Council official, and President, Council on Foreign Relations

Again, a recording of the webinar with a complete transcript is available here.  I hope you will check it out.