Energy will play an increasingly important role in international security and vice versa. The Center on Global Energy Policy launched the International Security Initiative to conduct research and hold events in some of the most important energy-related policy issues of our time, including energy security, terrorism, cybersecurity, sanctions, and the security implications of energy poverty. The Initiative explores issues at the intersection of energy markets, policy and geopolitics to inform policy debates, foster understanding of global security and energy dynamics, and produce independent and data-driven research.

Led by Richard Nephew, CGEP senior research scholar and former Deputy Coordinator for Sanctions Policy at the U.S. Department of State and John MacWilliams, CGEP fellow and former Associate Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy, and Jonathan Elkind, CGEP senior research scholar and former Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy, the Initiative produces in-depth research papers, policy briefs and host roundtable discussions and off-the-record conversations with senior energy policy officials and industry leaders. CGEP non-resident fellows Michael P. Dempsey, former acting Director of National Intelligence and career intelligence officer, William Rich, former U.S. Financial Attaché to the United Arab Emirates, and Oman, and Ariane Tabatabai, associate political scientist at the RAND Corporation, also support the work of the initiative.

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From the Pentagon to the White House Situation Room, climate change must be considered in every decision.

A billboard, backdropped by the Catia neighborhood, promotes an image of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro

In a new commentary, Richard Nephew examines the effectiveness of the sanctions put in place against Venezuela.

Logistics and transportation of Container Cargo ship and Cargo plane with working crane bridge in shipyard at sunrise, logistic import export and transport industry background

In a new commentary, Richard Nephew examines the impact of Covid-19 on global supply chains and sanctions, exploring how efforts to deglobalize supply chains will have important effects on global economic statecraft. 


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Dr. Irwin Redlener
Director of the National Center for Disaster Preparedness at the Earth Institute

As scientists and public health officials race to control the spread of the deadly Coronavirus disease -- COVID-19, which first sickened people in China in December 2019 -- individuals around the world are...

Richard Nephew and Antoine Halff
Center on Global Energy Policy

On January 2, the United States carried out an attack in Baghdad against a convoy of vehicles that killed Qasem Soleimani, an Iranian general and head of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Qods Force. Iran retaliated for the...

Richard Nephew
Senior Research Scholar, Center on Global Energy Policy

Back on November 4, a raft of U.S. sanctions on Iran snapped back into force, six months after the Trump Administration withdrew the U.S. from the Iran nuclear deal. How Iran, U.S. allies, and U.S. competitors react to the stresses brought about...