The Shifting Energy Dynamics and Geopolitical Implications for Asia
The CSIS Energy and National Security Program hosted an off-the-record roundtable discussion on the geostrategic implications of the U.S. shale revolution for Asia. The energy security effects of the U.S. unconventional oil and gas revolution are already visible with natural gas previously destined for the U.S. now directed towards Asian markets. In addition, major Asian importers like Japan are slated to import U.S. liquefied natural gas by the end of this decade. A number of geopolitical implications for Asia, however, are much harder to capture, requiring an in-depth analysis of global dynamics, such as the impact of the U.S. shale revolution on traditional suppliers like Saudi Arabia and Russia. Some of the questions explored include: How do changing energy dynamics factor into the domestic and foreign policy decisions of key energy players? How is energy being utilized as a tool for pursuing certain foreign or domestic policy aims? Sarah Ladislaw, Director and Senior Fellow in the CSIS Energy and National Security Program, and Jane Nakano, Senior Fellow in the CSIS Energy and National Security Program, moderated.