Elizabeth Rosenberg

  • Energy, Economics and Security

Elizabeth Rosenberg is a Senior Fellow and Director of the Energy, Economics and Security Program at the Center for a New American Security. In this capacity, she publishes and speaks on the national security and foreign policy implications of energy market shifts and the environmental effects of climate change. She has testified before Congress on energy issues and been quoted widely by leading media outlets in the United States and Europe.

From May 2009 through September 2013, Ms. Rosenberg served as a Senior Advisor at the U.S. Department of the Treasury, to the Assistant Secretary for Terrorist Financing and Financial Crimes, and then to the Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence.  In these senior roles she helped to develop and implement financial and energy sanctions.  Key initiatives she helped to oversee include the tightening of global sanctions on Iran, the launching of new, comprehensive sanctions against Libya and Syria and modification of Burma sanctions in step with normalization of diplomatic relations. She also helped to formulate anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing policy and oversee financial regulatory enforcement activities. 

From 2005 to 2009 Ms. Rosenberg was an energy policy correspondent at Argus Media in Washington D.C., analyzing U.S and Middle Eastern energy policy, regulation and trading.  She spoke and published extensively on OPEC, strategic reserves, energy sanctions and national security policy, oil and natural gas investment and production, and renewable fuels. 

Ms. Rosenberg studied energy subsidy reform and Arabic during a 2004-2005 fellowship in Cairo, Egypt.  She was an editor of the Arab Studies Journal from 2002-2005 and researched and wrote on Middle Eastern politics at the Council on Foreign Relations in 2003.  She received an MA in Near Eastern Studies from New York University and a BA in Politics and Religion from Oberlin College.

  • May 24, 2016
  • Elizabeth Rosenberg
  • Congressional Testimony

Elizabeth Rosenberg before the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs

Senior Fellow Elizabeth Rosenberg testified before the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

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  • May 11, 2016
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  • Congressional Testimony

Elizabeth Rosenberg before House Committee on Foreign Affairs

Senior Fellow Elizabeth Rosenberg testified before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs discussing the risks of economic engagement with Iran.

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  • April 15, 2016
  • Elizabeth Rosenberg, Zachary K. Goldman, Dr. Daniel Drezner, Julia Solomon-Strauss
  • Reports

The New Tools of Economic Warfare: Effects and Effectiveness of Contemporary U.S. Financial Sanctions

Sanctions experts at the Center for a New  American Security and NYU School of Law's Center on Law and Security assess the effectiveness of sanctions following the aftermath of terrorist attacks on 9/11.

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  • October 19, 2015
  • Ilan Goldenberg, Elizabeth Rosenberg, Avner Golov, Nicholas Heras, Ellie Maruyama
  • Reports

After the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action: A Game Plan for the United States

Five CNAS Experts lay out a comprehensive strategy and concrete recommendations for how the U.S. can maximize the opportunity presented by JCPOA.

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  • September 14, 2015
  • Ilan Goldenberg, Elizabeth Rosenberg, Avner Golov, Nicholas Heras, Ellie Maruyama, Axel Hellman
  • Commentaries

The Iran Agreement and What Comes Next

In advance of Congress’ pending vote on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), CNAS experts produced commentary on U.S. strategy after the Iran Deal.

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  • September 9, 2015
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  • Congressional Testimony

Elizabeth Rosenberg before the House Financial Services Committee

Energy, Economics, and Security Program Director Elizabeth Rosenberg testified before the House Financial Services Committee on U.S. efforts to stop the financing of terror.

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  • June 23, 2015
  • Elizabeth Rosenberg, Dr. Sara Vakhshouri
  • Policy Briefs

Iran’s Economic Reintegration: Sanctions Relief, Energy, and Economic Growth Under a Nuclear Agreement with Iran

Senior Fellow Elizabeth Rosenberg and Dr. Sara Vakhshouri, president of SVB Energy International, LLC, lay out how the removal of international sanctions on Iran is likely to proceed and what this will mean for Iran's economic prospects.

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  • June 17, 2015
  • Elizabeth Rosenberg, Zachary K. Goldman
  • Policy Briefs

Economic Statecraft: American Economic Power and the New Face of Financial Warfare

Senior Fellow Elizabeth Rosenberg and Adjunct Senior Fellow Zachary K. Goldman describe challenges associated with the increasing application of coercive economic measures to tackle security challenges.

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  • May 14, 2015
  • Elizabeth Rosenberg, Dr. David Gordon, Ellie Maruyama
  • Reports

Crude Oil Export & U.S. National Security

CNAS Energy, Economics, and Security (EES) Program has released a new report, Crude Oil Export & U.S. National Security.

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  • April 14, 2015
  • Elizabeth Rosenberg
  • Congressional Testimony

Elizabeth Rosenberg before the House Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade

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Senior Fellow Elizabeth Rosenberg testifies before the U.S. House Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade on the national security implications of a new oil export policy.

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  • May 25, 2016
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  • In the News

Nuclear Deal Promised to Spur Investment. Iran’s Still Waiting.

In Bloomberg, senior fellow Elizabeth Rosenberg shares insight into the recent hostility between Iran and world powers in the year following the nuclear deal. 

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  • May 11, 2016
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  • In the News

Asian and European banks are still shunning Iran — and Tehran blames the U.S.

Senior fellow Elizabeth Rosenberg discusses the economic risks of doing business with Iran in the Washington Post

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  • April 18, 2016
  • Elizabeth Rosenberg, Zachary K. Goldman, Dr. Daniel Drezner, Julia Solomon-Strauss
  • In the News

So you want to know more about economic sanctions…

In the Washington Post, Tufts University Professor Dan Drezner featured a new CNAS report on sanctions co-authored with CNAS experts Elizabeth Rosenberg and Zachary Goldman, as well as NYU School of Law's Center on Law and Security Program Associate Julia Solomon-Strauss.

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  • April 4, 2016
  • Elizabeth Rosenberg
  • In the News

How U.S. trade sanctions are no longer punishments

Elizabeth Rosenberg, senior fellow and director of the Energy, Economics, and Security Program, discusses the importance of trade sanctions.

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  • March 23, 2016
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  • In the News

ISIS exploits new networks to fund terror

On Marketplace, Elizabeth Rosenberg, senior fellow and director of the Energy, Economics, and Security Program, discusses ISIS funding.

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  • February 12, 2016
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  • In the News

To Build a Ski Resort Under U.N. Sanctions, North Korea Turned to China

In The Washington Post, Energy, Economics, and Security Program Director Elizabeth Rosenberg weighs on the key priorities in a bilateral relationship and sanctions.

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  • February 4, 2016
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  • In the News

Oil glut dampens Iran’s hopes for big cash flows as sanctions lift

In the Washington Post, Senior Fellow Elizabeth Rosenberg discusses falling oil prices and implications on the global market.

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  • February 4, 2016
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  • In the News

U.S. Analysis Indicates North Korea Test Wasn’t Hydrogen Bomb

In a Wall Street Journal article, Senior Fellow Elizabeth Rosenberg provides context to bringing sanction upon North Korea's use of nuclear weapons.

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  • January 15, 2016
  • Ilan Goldenberg, Elizabeth Rosenberg
  • Press Notes

CNAS Press Note: “Implementation Day” for the Iran Nuclear Deal

CNAS experts Ilan Goldenberg and Elizabeth Rosenberg write a press note in anticipation of the announcement that Iran has met its initial obligations under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, and that sanctions relief would begin.

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  • December 17, 2015
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  • In the News

Islamic State's Money Is the Target of Finance Ministers at UN

Senior Fellow Elizabeth Rosenberg discusses money transfer systems related to the Islamic State in Bloomberg Business.

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  • February 4, 2016
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  • Op-eds

Despite Sanctions Relief, Iran’s Prospects Look Bleak

In The National Interest, Senior Fellow Elizabeth Rosenberg co-wrote an op-ed discussing sanctions relief in Iran.

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  • November 30, 2015
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  • Op-eds

How China Benefits From Global Sanctions

Director of the Energy, Economics and Security Program Elizabeth Rosenberg co-wrote an op-ed examining the effects of global sanctions on China in The Wall Street Journal.

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  • November 24, 2015
  • Elizabeth Rosenberg, Robert D. Kaplan
  • Op-eds

Time to Act on Ukraine

Senior Fellows Robert D. Kaplan and Elizabeth Rosenberg wrote an op-ed discussing the proper response from the US and our EU allies on the Ukraine crisis in The National Interest.

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  • July 31, 2015
  • Elizabeth Rosenberg, Alexander Sullivan
  • Op-eds

Why China likes the Iran deal

Senior Fellow and Director of the Energy, Economics and Security Program Elizabeth Rosenberg and Associate Fellow in the Asia-Pacific Security Program Alexander Sullivan penned an op-ed examining why China is in favor of the Iran nuclear deal in CNN.

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  • July 15, 2015
  • Elizabeth Rosenberg, Ilan Goldenberg
  • Op-eds

A historic agreement

Senior Fellow and Director of the Middle East Security Program Ilan Goldenberg and Senior Fellow and Director of the Energy, Economics and Security Program Elizabeth Rosenberg penned an op-ed examining the historic Iran nuclear deal in The Hill.

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  • July 15, 2015
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  • Op-eds

How Promoting Business in Iran Boosts the Nuclear Agreement

Senior Fellow and Director of the Energy, Economics and Security Program Elizabeth Rosenberg and Next Gen Fellow Eric Lorber penned an op-ed examining Iran's economy in the wake of the nuclear deal in Foreign Affairs.

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  • July 14, 2015
  • Elizabeth Rosenberg, Ilan Goldenberg
  • Blog: The Agenda

INFOGRAPHIC: U.S. Strategy After the Iran Deal: Top 5 Questions

  • July 10, 2015
  • Peter Harrell, Elizabeth Rosenberg
  • Op-eds

Sanctions Relief Can Empower the Iranian People

Adjunct Senior Fellow Peter Harrell and Senior Fellow and Director of the Energy, Economics and Security Program Elizabeth Rosenberg penned an op-ed examining how sanctions relief will effect Iranian citizens in The National Interest.

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  • April 17, 2015
  • Elizabeth Rosenberg
  • Blog: The Agenda

Autonomous Weapons in the News

  • January 20, 2015
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  • Blog: The Agenda

SOTU: Elizabeth Rosenberg on the Falling Price of Oil

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  • May 24, 2016
  • Elizabeth Rosenberg
  • Congressional Testimony

Elizabeth Rosenberg before the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs

Senior Fellow Elizabeth Rosenberg testified before the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

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  • May 11, 2016
  • Elizabeth Rosenberg
  • Congressional Testimony

Elizabeth Rosenberg before House Committee on Foreign Affairs

Senior Fellow Elizabeth Rosenberg testified before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs discussing the risks of economic engagement with Iran.

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  • September 9, 2015
  • Elizabeth Rosenberg
  • Congressional Testimony

Elizabeth Rosenberg before the House Financial Services Committee

Energy, Economics, and Security Program Director Elizabeth Rosenberg testified before the House Financial Services Committee on U.S. efforts to stop the financing of terror.

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  • April 14, 2015
  • Elizabeth Rosenberg
  • Congressional Testimony

Elizabeth Rosenberg before the House Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade

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Senior Fellow Elizabeth Rosenberg testifies before the U.S. House Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade on the national security implications of a new oil export policy.

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  • March 19, 2015
  • Elizabeth Rosenberg
  • Congressional Testimony

Elizabeth Rosenberg before the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources

Senior Fellow Elizabeth Rosenberg testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources on the United States' Crude Export Policy.

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  • June 18, 2014
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  • Congressional Testimony

Elizabeth Rosenberg before Senate Committee on Energy & Natural Resources

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Elizabeth Rosenberg, senior fellow and director of the Energy, Environment and Security program, testifies before the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

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  • March 25, 2014
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  • Congressional Testimony

CNAS Senior Fellow Elizabeth Rosenberg at House Committee on Foreign Affairs

Elizabeth Rosenberg, senior fellow and director of the Energy, Environment and Security program, testified before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs on the geopolitical potential of the U.S. energy boom.

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  • February 4, 2016
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  • Audio

Iran Unfreezes Bank Assets With Iran Nuclear Deal In Place

Now that the nuclear agreement with Iran has been implemented, NPR's Rachel Martin asks CNAS Senior Fellow Elizabeth Rosenberg about billions of dollars in newly freed assets.

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  • April 1, 2015
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  • Audio

Audio: Elizabeth Rosenberg discusses Iran sanctions

Energy, Economics and Security Director Elizabeth Rosenberg discusses Iran sanctions with Marketplace World radio. 

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  • October 7, 2014
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  • Videos

How can U.S. cut off ISIS funding?

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Senior Fellow Elizabeth Rosenberg discusses what the United States is doing to try and cut off ISIS' from its funding.

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  • June 16, 2014
  • Colin H. Kahl, Elizabeth Rosenberg
  • Videos

Video: Eighth Annual Conference: Energy, Iran and the Future of Gulf Security

Dr. Colin Kahl, Elizabeth Rosenberg, The Honorable Stephen J. Hadley, and Ambassador Dennis Ross discuss energy, Iran and the future of Gulf security at the CNAS Eighth Annual National Security Conference.

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  • April 25, 2014
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  • Videos

Video: Elizabeth Rosenberg Testifying Before HFAC on U.S. Energy Boom

Elizabeth Rosenberg, senior fellow and director of the Energy, Environment and Security program, testified before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs on the geopolitical potential of the U.S. energy boom.

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