The Geopolitics of Energy: Past Projects

Past Energy and National Security Projects focusing on the geopolitical dynamics of energy industries.

National Petroleum Council Study, Geopolitics and Policy

Following an October 2005 request by Secretary of Energy Samuel Bodman for a comprehensive study on the ability of oil and gas production to keep pace with growing demand, the CSIS Energy Security and Climate Change Program worked with the National Petroluem Council to produce a report entitled, Hard Truths. The Energy Security and Climate Change Program was responsible for leading the section studying the impacts of geopolitics and policy on future energy trends. Released in August 2007, more information on the report can be found here.

Strategic Energy Initiative

At the end of 2000, the CSIS Energy Security and Climate Change Program published a three-volume report entitled, Geopolitics of Energy to the 21st Century, which looked at emerging challenges to global energy markets and, more importantly, offered both government and business leaders the opportunity to make anticipatory, rather than reactive, decisions to prepare for the emerging challenges facing global energy markets. This report was the outcome of a two-year project organized by the Energy Program and cochaired by former senator Sam Nunn and Dr. James Schlesinger, former secretary of energy. The report made key recommendations for the coming two decades, many of which are still valid today:

The United States must protect world energy supplies with greater burden sharing by allies;

Governments and the private sector must work together to protect energy infrastructure against sabotage or terrorist attack;

Economically and environmentally sound technologies must be made available to help developing countries meet increasing energy demands.