January 14, 2015

CNAS Announces Expanded Program Focus on Energy, Economics, and Security

 

The Center for a New American Security (CNAS) is expanding its strategic focus on economic issues in national security, and will officially 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 focus on how changing global energy markets and economic policy measures – including sanctions and trade policy – can influence and advance U.S. strategic interests and national security. 

“I am excited by the Energy, Economics, and Security Program’s evolving focus and its potential to shed light on the critical intersection between energy, economics and national security,” said CNAS CEO Michèle Flournoy. “Energy markets and economics are two of the United States’ biggest sources of leverage on the world stage, and I am pleased that CNAS will be a leader in informing U.S. policy choices in these crucial areas.” 

The title change also recognizes the program’s expanding research focus on how global energy markets are influenced by trade and financial sanctions. Recent publications include: 

  • An Op-Ed in The New York Times coauthored by program director Elizabeth Rosenberg and program adjunct senior fellow Zachary Goldman on Iran
  • A Policy Brief by program director Elizabeth Rosenberg on the mechanics of sanctions relief should Iran agree to a deal on its nuclear program
  • A commentary laying out the strategic objectives of the new program
  • Congressional testimony by program director Elizabeth Rosenberg before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on the security implications of LNG trade policy
  • A Policy Brief by program director Elizabeth Rosenberg and former director of the CNAS Middle East Security program, Dr. Colin Kahl, on principles for sanctions relief
  • An Op-Ed in Foreign Affairs coauthored by program director Elizabeth Rosenberg and senior fellow Dr. Ely Ratner on the strategic and energy implications for Asia of new sanctions on Russia
  • An Op-Ed in Reuters coauthored by program director Elizabeth Rosenberg and international trade lawyer Eric Lorber on energy sector and transatlantic policy effects of recent Russia sanctions

To support the program’s expanded focus, the Energy, Economics, and Security Program recently added two adjunct senior fellows, Zachary Goldman and Peter Harrell. With their addition, the program’s key staff now includes: 


    CNAS experts are available to speak about the program’s new focus. To arrange an interview, please contact Neal Urwitz at nurwitz@cnas.org or 202-457-9409.