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Richard Nephew

Senior Research Scholar

Biography

Richard Nephew is the author of The Art of Sanctions and an expert on the use of sanctions for deterrence and impact. Nephew most recently served as the deputy special envoy for Iran in the Biden-Harris administration. He previously served as Principal Deputy Coordinator for Sanctions Policy at the Department of State and as the lead sanctions expert for the U.S. team negotiating with Iran during the Obama Administration. Nephew served as the Director for Iran on the National Security Staff where he was responsible for managing a period of intense expansion of U.S. sanctions on Iran. Earlier in his career he served in the Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation at the State Department and in the Office of Nonproliferation and International Security at the Department of Energy.

Nephew holds a Masters in Security Policy Studies and a Bachelors in International Affairs, both from The George Washington University.

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March 31, 2022 Q&A Energy Markets

Q&A | The Risk of Russian Cyberattacks on US Energy Infrastructure

Although threats of cyberattacks on US energy infrastructure existed prior to the invasion of Ukraine,...

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Energy Markets

Well-functioning energy markets are critical to the distribution of energy resources. Understanding how they work, how they can be improved, and how they are being impacted by the changes afoot in the energy sector is key to meeting energy and environmental goals.

March 18, 2022 Commentary Geopolitics

Beyond the Ukraine Crisis: The Future of Russian Sanctions

Governments, international organizations, and businesses are currently focused on how to respond to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

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Geopolitics

Energy has long been intimately tied to global geopolitics, power and foreign policies. The rapid pace of change in the energy sector is creating new sources of uncertainty and risk that require careful study and understanding.

November 10, 2020 Commentary Geopolitics

Shifts in Global Sanctions Policy, and What They Mean for the Future

Some of these were predicted in November 2016, as Donald Trump took to sanctions far more than his predecessors, using them to tackle virtually every foreign policy problem he encountered.

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Geopolitics

Energy has long been intimately tied to global geopolitics, power and foreign policies. The rapid pace of change in the energy sector is creating new sources of uncertainty and risk that require careful study and understanding.

October 29, 2020 Reports Energy Security

The Qatari Sanctions Episode: Crisis, Response, and Lessons Learned

On June 5, 2017, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Egypt, and Bahrain announced that they were cutting diplomatic ties with and imposing sanctions on Qatar.

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Energy Security

Energy security has long been a central objective of energy policy, yet remains poorly understood and defined. Assessing energy security risks, and how they are evolving, is key for both the public and private sector.

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