The CGEP book series, edited by Director Jason Bordoff, covers a range of topics important to the global energy dialogue. Find out more and purchase books through the Columbia University Press

Books in the series



Energy's Digital Future

By Amy Myers Jaffe, Research Professor and Managing Director at the Climate Policy Lab at Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and Co-Chair of the Women in Energy Steering Committee at the Center on Global Energy Policy.

May 2021


Bringing together analyses of technological innovation, energy policy, and geopolitics, Energy’s Digital Future gives indispensable insight into the path the United States will need to pursue to ensure its lasting economic competitiveness and national security in a new energy age.

Energy Kingdoms - Oil and Political Survival in the Persian Gulf

By Dr. Jim Krane, Wallace S. Wilson Fellow for Energy Studies at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy
January 2019


In Energy Kingdoms, Jim Krane takes readers inside the monarchies to consider the conundrum facing the Gulf states. He traces the history of their energy use and policies, looking in particular at how energy subsidies have distorted demand. Backed by rich fieldwork and deep knowledge of the region, Krane expertly lays out the hard choices that Gulf leaders face to keep their states viable.

Crude Volatility: The History and the Future of Boom-Bust Oil Prices

By Robert McNally, CGEP Fellow and President of The Rapidan Group
January 2017


Tracing a history marked with conflict, intrigue, and extreme uncertainty, Robert McNally shows how—even from the very first years of the market—wild volatility in oil prices led to intensive efforts to stabilize price fluctuations and manage supply. 

The Art of Sanctions: A View From the Field

By Richard Nephew, Senior Research Scholar, Center on Global Energy Policy
December 2017


Richard Nephew offers a much-needed practical framework for planning and applying sanctions that focuses not just on the initial sanctions strategy but also, crucially, on how to calibrate along the way and how to decide when sanctions have achieved maximum effectiveness.

The Fracking Debate: The Risks, Benefits and Uncertainties of the Shale Revolution

By Daniel Raimi. Senior Research Associate, Resources for the Future
January 2018


The Fracking Debate directly addresses the most common questions and concerns associated with fracking and provides the evidence and context that have so frequently been missing from the national discussion of the future of oil and gas production, offering readers the tools to make sense of this critical issue.

Oil Leaders

By Ibrahim AlMuhanna
May 2022


Oil Leaders offers an unprecedented glimpse into the strategic thinking of top figures in the energy world from the 1980s through the recent past. Ibrahim AlMuhanna—a close adviser to four different Saudi oil ministers during that period—examines the role of individual and collective decision making in shaping market movements. He analyzes how powerful individuals made critical choices, tracking how they responded to the flow of information on pivotal market and political events and predicted reactions from allies and adversaries. AlMuhanna highlights how the media has played an increasingly important role as a conduit of information among multiple players in the oil market. Energy leaders have learned to manage the signals they send to the market and to other relevant players in order to avoid sending oil prices into a spiral.


By Agathe Demarais
November 2022


Backfire explores the surprising ways sanctions affect multinational companies, governments, and ultimately millions of people around the world. Drawing on interviews with experts, policy makers, and people in sanctioned countries, Agathe Demarais examines the unintended consequences of the use of sanctions as a diplomatic weapon. The proliferation of sanctions spurs efforts to evade them, as states and firms seek ways to circumvent U.S. penalties. This is only part of the story. Sanctions also reshape relations between countries, pushing governments that are at odds with the U.S. closer to each other—or, increasingly, to Russia and China.

Resource Nationalism and Energy Policy

By David R. Mares
October 2022


It is widely thought that state ownership of natural resources, oil and natural gas in particular, causes countries to fall under the sway of the “resource curse.” In such cases, governments allegedly display “resource nationalism,” which destabilizes the economy, society, and politics. In Resource Nationalism and Energy Policy, David R. Mares dispels these beliefs and develops a powerful new account of the relationship between state resource ownership and energy policy.


Columbia Energy Exchange

The global oil market is in free fall, following the collapse of a meeting last week of OPEC and non-OPEC producers. Saudi Arabia decided to surge its output, sending oil prices tumbling. This historic oil price crash is weighing on stock markets...

Richard Nephew
Senior Research Scholar, Center on Global Energy Policy

Bill Loveless talks with Richard Nephew, a Senior Research Scholar at CGEP and the lead sanctions expert for the U.S. team negotiating the Iran nuclear deal, on a new episode of Columbia Energy Exchange. Richard is the author of a new book from...

Bob McNally
Founder & President of the Rapidan Group

Host Jason Bordoff sits down with Bob McNally, a Fellow at the Center, founder and president of the Rapidan Group, a leading energy consulting firm in Washington, D.C., and former energy advisor to President George W. Bush. They discuss all...