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Preparing for the Unthinkable: Joint Crisis Leadership in the Event of Energy Systems Breakdown

May 26, 2011 • 9:30 – 11:00 pm EDT

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The CSIS Program on Crisis, Conflict and Cooperation (C3) and LSU's Stephenson Disaster Management Institute (SDMI) hosted the

CSIS-LSU Series on Disaster Management and Emergency Response


Preparing for the Unthinkable: Joint Crisis Leadership in the Event of an Energy Systems Breakdown

Opening remarks by

Minister Kenji Goto

Ministry of Economy, Trade, Industry and Energy (METI), Embassy of Japan


Doug Walters
Vice President of Regulatory Affairs, Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI)
Member of the  Nuclear Sector Coordinating Council (NSCC)

Craig Conklin

Director, Sector Specific Agency Executive Management Office
Office of Infrastructure Protection, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

William Renz

Director, Nuclear Emergency Preparedness

Moderated by

David Pumphrey
Deputy Director and Senior Fellow
CSIS Energy and National Security Program     

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The Fukushima nuclear accident highlighted the need for enhanced nuclear safety mechanisms and protective measures worldwide. It also underscored the need for effective crisis management, jointly between energy industry CEOs and federal officials, in the event of a systems breakdown. When the unthinkable happens - be it related to nuclear, gas or electricity supplies - who is in charge of containing the compromise, of managing the re-establishment of transmission lines, of issuing evacuation orders, and of conducting timely and transparent public outreach? This discussion will explore on-going efforts within the United States to reinforce joint industry and government contingency planning in the event of a compound emergency involving an energy systems breakdown.

The CSIS-LSU Series on Disaster Management and Emergency Response is an academic partnership between CSIS and the LSU Stephenson Disaster Management Institute (SDMI).  The series is made possible through the generous support of SDMI and the Irene W. and C.B. Pennington Foundation of Baton Rouge.

The series provides a forum for government officials, experts, academics, and nongovernmental organizations dealing with disaster management and emergency response to discuss critical issues facing the United States’ ability to address disaster and emergency situations domestically and internationally. 

David Pumphrey
Senior Associate (Non-resident), Energy Security and Climate Change Program