Energy, Economics and Security

The Energy, Economics and Security program analyzes the changing global marketplace and implications for U.S. national security and foreign policy. Shifting energy dynamics, the geopolitical challenges associated with a changing climate and powerful economic forces all shape U.S. global leadership. In a highly interconnected global system, leaders must increasingly leverage energy and financial assets to defend and promote U.S. national interests. The Energy, Economics and Security program develops practical strategies to help decision-makers understand, anticipate and respond.

The Energy, Economics and Security Team

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  • March 20, 2015
  • Ilan Goldenberg, Elizabeth Rosenberg
  • In the News

How a Nuclear Deal With Iran Could Affect Gas Prices

Iran has been developing nuclear technology for years, with Iranian officials saying the program is for national prestige, scientific research, and power plants. For just as long, the U.S. and its allies have been skeptical, worrying that Iran is trying to develop the technology necessary to build...

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  • March 19, 2015
  • Michele Flournoy
  • Congressional Testimony

CEO Michèle Flournoy: Statement to Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee

CEO Michèle Flournoy submitted a Congressional Statement to the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources discussing United States Crude Export Policy. An archived webcast is available on the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources website at energy.senate.gov.

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  • March 19, 2015
  • Elizabeth Rosenberg
  • In the News

Former Obama Officials Say Oil Export Ban Hurts U.S. Credibility

Two former Obama administration officials said a four-decade-old ban on oil exports limits U.S. geopolitical influence and makes it harder to get other nations to embrace free trade. The issue of the ban “arose constantly” in negotiations with other countries, including when the U.S. sought...

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  • March 19, 2015
  • Michele Flournoy
  • In the News

Growing U.S. oil export debate has now spread to geopolitics

Lifting the longstanding ban on U.S. crude oil exports would boost the country'seconomy and enhance its global leadership, a former senior Obama administration official will tell senators on Thursday, introducing a strategic dimension to the growing debate over selling American oil abroad. In...

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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. An archived webcast is available on the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources website at energy.senate.gov.

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  • February 18, 2015
  • Blog Posts

Swift Sanctions

With the potential unraveling of the second ceasefire agreement between Ukraine and Russian-backed separatists, U.S. and EU policymakers are searching for new ways to convince Russia to cease its destabilizing activities in the former Soviet Republic.  While in recent weeks the focus has been on...

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  • February 18, 2015
  • Peter Harrell
  • Op-eds

How Will America React When One of Its Companies is Sanctioned?

For the past decade, the United States has led an unprecedented revolution in the use of targeted sanctions. Over the past week alone, President Obama has emphasized the potency of the current sanctions on Iran in threatening to veto new congressional measures while raising the prospect of...

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  • February 12, 2015
  • Elizabeth Rosenberg
  • In the News

Will crude prices weigh on the US export debate?

There’s relatively widespread consensus among analysts and academics that the White House is unlikely to do anything on crude exports in the near term, and many believe President Obama may not touch the issue before he leaves office in January 2017. What’s less clear is how the newly-Republican...

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  • February 3, 2015
  • Elizabeth Rosenberg
  • In the News

Subsidies may curb Islamic State oil financing

Western supporters fighting the group calling itself the Islamic State should consider subsidizing regional fuels to curb terror financing, a U.S. scholar said. The Islamic State is said to generate anywhere between several hundred thousand dollars to as much as $2 billion in illicit oil trade....

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  • January 26, 2015
  • Elizabeth Rosenberg, Ilan Goldenberg
  • Press Notes

CNAS Press Note: A Big Week on the Hill for Iran Nuclear Diplomacy

In anticipation of planned Congressional action concerning nuclear diplomacy with Iran, Center for a New American Security (CNAS) Energy, Economics, and Security Program Director Elizabeth Rosenberg and Middle East Security Program Director Ilan Goldenberg have written a new Press Note laying out...

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