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National Security and U.S. Crude Oil Export

May 14, 2015
8:30am to 10:45am ET

JW Marriott
Washington, DC

The Center for a New American Security (CNAS) cordially invites you to attend:

National Security and
U.S. Crude Oil Export


Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)
Chair, U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources

and an expert panel discussion with:

Erica Downs
Senior Analyst, Asia
Eurasia Group

David Gordon
International Capital Strategies;
Adjunct Senior Fellow
Center for a New American Security

Bob McNally
Founder and President
The Rapidan Group

Elizabeth Rosenberg
Senior Fellow and Director, Energy, Economics, and Security Program
Center for a New American Security

Derek Scissors
Resident Scholar
American Enterprise Institute

Date and Time:
Thursday, May 14, 2015
8:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
Registration begins at 8:00 a.m.

JW Marriott Washington DC
Salons III and IV
1331 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington, DC 20004 

RSVP online, or
Email JaRel Clay at or (202) 457-9410 

Please send all press inquiries to Neal Urwitz
at (202) 457-9409 or

About the Event

On May 14, please join CNAS for a conference on national security and U.S. crude oil export. The conference will coincide with the release of a CNAS report on the topic.

The debate over the crude oil export ban has gained increasing attention over the last several years with the surge in U.S. oil production and shifting consumer-producer and importer-exporter relationships. Even in the current low oil price environment, analysts and stakeholders see value in revisiting this policy. In addition to the economic considerations for lifting the ban, the foreign trade and security implications for doing so are attracting more attention. This event and the report seek to explore and highlight the foreign policy and security aspects of the U.S. crude oil export policy and a pragmatic approach to policy change.

Convened by Michèle Flournoy, the Co-Founder and CEO of CNAS, the conference will feature an address by Senator Lisa Murkowski, Chair of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. Senator Murkowski will discuss the crude export ban and her legislative plans relating to the export of energy and other energy issues. Additionally, a panel of experts, including Erica Downs, David Gordon, Bob McNally, Elizabeth Rosenberg, and Derek Scissors, will discuss the changes to U.S. energy market fundamentals that now make the export of oil a relevant topic of public policy debate. They will focus particularly on U.S.-Asia energy trade given the region’s energy demand, dependence on imported energy, and engagement in key trade negotiations with the United States.