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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  • 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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  • January 20, 2015
  • Elizabeth Rosenberg
  • Blog Posts

SOTU: Elizabeth Rosenberg on the Falling Price of Oil

This year must be a pivotal one on energy policy. The dramatic fall in oil prices over the last six months, by almost 60 percent, and the economic and political fallout that will occur in this country and abroad compound the serious need for Presidential leadership on energy now. At present, U.S....

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  • January 20, 2015
  • Elizabeth Rosenberg
  • In the News

Financial Intelligence Grows as U.S. Weapon to Fight ‘Bad Guys’

Jimmy Gurule remembers struggling for a seat at the table with his counterparts from U.S. intelligence agencies when he was an under secretary of the Treasury a decade ago. In those days, the Treasury Department was a minor player in the world of three-letter spy agencies -- CIA, NSA, DIA. “It was...

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  • January 14, 2015
  • Elizabeth Rosenberg, Ellie Maruyama
  • Blog Posts

Expanding the CNAS Strategic Focus on Economics and National Security

The Center for a New American Security is expanding its strategic focus on economic issues in national security, and will expand and rename the “Energy, Environment, and Security Program” to become the “Energy, Economics, and Security Program.” The program’s strategic objective is to increase its...

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  • January 9, 2015
  • Elizabeth Rosenberg
  • In the News

Cohen Appointment Shows Rise of Financial Intel in U.S. Policy

The appointment by President Barack Obama of David Cohen to be deputy director of the Central Intelligence Agency underscored the importance the administration places on financial intelligence matters, experts said. Mr. Cohen, as U.S. Department of Treasury undersecretary of terrorism and...

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  • December 16, 2014
  • Elizabeth Rosenberg
  • In the News

Making Putin Blink

The West’s financial weapons against Russia were meant to hit President Vladimir Putin’s foundation of power — the men and companies close to him — with surgical precision. Instead, Western sanctions, falling oil prices, and Moscow’s clumsy attempts to stem the damage have helped push the Russian...

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