CIR Presents Talk On Recent Energy Trend Impacts

Senior Adviser to the Center for Naval Analyses, James Clad. Courtesy photo

CIR News:

​The Santa Fe Council on International Relations presents James Clad, senior adviser to the Center for Naval Analyses and former deputy assistant secretary of defense.

Clad will discuss how recent energy trends have upset the world oil market and transformed the geopolitical landscape in a talk entitled, “The World Politics of a Changing Energy Landscape” at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 22, hosted at Tipton Hall, SF University of Art and Design, 1600 St. Michaels Dr.

Asian energy demand is surging, Russian natural gas sales are falling following EU sanctions and a dramatic increase in oil production in North America has sparked a rivalry with OPEC that has brought global prices to a five-year low.

This flurry of activity has upended traditional trade patterns and threatened energy security for many nations around the world. While market volatility has brought short-term benefits to the manufacturing and transportation industries, many analysts believe sustained instability could result in a global recession.

Clad will discuss the trends that led to the current global energy landscape, how America’s security has been impacted and how these uncertainties are likely to be resolved in the coming months and years.

Clad regularly consults for energy, investment and strategic advisory firms. During 2002-10, he served as U.S. deputy assistant secretary of defense for Asia, and as senior counselor at the Overseas Private Investment Corporation and the Agency for International Development. 

From 1995-2002 he held a Georgetown University Luce foundation professorship and was, concurrently, Director/Asia-Pacific Energy at CERA.

Trained as a New Zealand lawyer, his career has focused on Asian commercial and security affairs broadening after 2002 to include the Middle East. 

In the 1980s-90s, he wrote for the Far Eastern Economic Review, and had fellowships from St. Antony’s College, Oxford, from the Carnegie Endowment, and from Harvard’s Center for International Affairs. He also served in the New Zealand diplomatic service.

Cost of the lecture is $20 for non-members and $15 for CIR members. There is no charge for qualified students. For more information on registering for this event, go to the Council’s website or telephone the office at 982.4931.

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