Book Launch - The Future of Natural Gas: Markets and Geopolitics

September 22, 2016 - 12:00 pm

Atlantic Council, 1030 15th ST NW, 12th Floor
Washington, DC

The Future of Natural Gas: Markets and Geopolitics

A conversation with:

Bud Coote
Resident Senior Fellow, Global Energy Center
Atlantic Council

Jane Nakano
Senior Fellow, Energy and National Security Program
Center for Strategic & International Studies

Nicolò Sartori
Senior Fellow
Istituto Affari Internazionali

Introduced and Moderated by:

David Koranyi
Director, Eurasian Energy Futures Initiative
Atlantic Council

The role of natural gas in the global energy mix has witnessed a remarkable evolution in the past few decades. As a potential alternative to crude oil or coal, it has become a vital component of global energy production in the battle to lower carbon emissions. The dependence of entire regions on singular producers, notably the dependence of Europe on Russia, has held major influence on the structure of geopolitical relationships. Unconventional sources of natural gas have revolutionized the exporters and importers in the market, remaking the United States into a source for natural gas. In this context of rapid changes in the energy market and shifts in geopolitical relationships, The Future of Natural Gas: Markets and Geopolitics provides a comprehensive and rigorous analysis on the role of natural gas in the future global energy mix. Please click here to read the book.

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Bud Coote is a resident senior fellow with the Atlantic Council’s Global Energy Center. Mr. Coote recently retired from the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) as the agency's leading international energy analyst and a key adviser to senior US officials on a wide array of global energy issues. He helped to establish and build the CIA's energy program dating back to the early 1970's, producing actionable intelligence that directly supported and helped shape decisions made by US policy officials, foreign officials, and private companies. He earned the Distinguished Career Service Medal for his work on energy security as well as the William L. Langer award, the Directorate of Intelligence's highest award in support of the directorate's mission. Mr. Coote completed the postgraduate program in petroleum engineering and geology at the Colorado School of Mines in 1982. He holds an MA in economics from George Washington University and a BA in government and economics from Wesleyan University. He also is a member of the British Special Forces Club.   

Jane Nakano is an expert on U.S. energy policy, global oil and gas markets, energy security issues in Asia, and global nuclear energy trends. She frequently writes and speaks on these issues at conferences and to the media. Also, she has testified before Congress on energy issues in Asia. Prior to joining CSIS in 2010, Ms. Nakano was with the US Department of Energy (DOE) and served as the lead staff on energy engagements with China and Japan. She was responsible for coordinating DOE engagement in the U.S.-China Strategic Economic Dialogue, U.S.-China Energy Policy Dialogue, and U.S.-Japan Energy Dialogue. She also worked on U.S. energy engagement with Indonesia, North Korea, and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum. From 2001 to 2002, she served at the U.S. embassy in Tokyo as special assistant to the energy attaché. Ms. Nakano graduated from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and holds a master’s degree from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.

Nicolò Sartori is currently a researcher in the Security and Defence Programme at the Istituto Affari Internazionali, and in the Energy Programme. He works on the evolution of technologies in the security domain, with particular focus on the concept of energy security. His research focuses on the geopolitics of energy, with specific attention to the geographical areas of the Caspian and Central Asia, Russia, and the Mediterranean. His activity focuses on the external dimension of Italy's and EU's energy policies, on the emerging role of Turkey as a regional energy player, and on the implications of the development of the Southern Gas Corridor, and on the governance of the energy policies in the EU framework. He is a Ph.D. student at the Department of Politics & International Relations at the University of Kent, with a doctoral thesis on the relation between the abundance of energy resources and military spending, and he is a Professional Fellow at the World Energy Council (WEC) Italy. He is an editor of the column "Centers of Gravity" in the international review Oil Magazine. He holds a BA in International and Diplomatic Studies from the School Roberto Ruffilli in Forlì and an MA in International Relations from the University of Bologna. He served as faculty advisor at the NATO Defense College in Rome, where he also conducted research on NATO's role in energy security.

David Koranyi is an expert on the geopolitics of energy; Hungarian, European, and US foreign policy and energy policy; European integration; and the Western Balkans. He is the editor of a book, Transatlantic Energy Futures-Strategic Perspectives on Energy Security, Climate Change and New Technologies in Europe and the United States, published in December 2011 by John Hopkins SAIS Center for Transatlantic Relations. Mr. Koranyi served as Undersecretary of State and Chief Foreign Policy and National Security Advisor to the Prime Minister of the Republic of Hungary, Gordon Bajnai (2009-2010). He also worked in the European parliament as Chief Foreign Policy Adviser and Head of Cabinet of a Hungarian MEP (2004-2009). Mr. Koranyi is a Member of the European Council on Foreign Relations, the Hungarian Europe Society, and the International Advisory Board of the XII Project. He was a member of the Hungarian NATO Strategic Concept Special Advisory Group (2009), the recipient of the German Marshall Fund’s Marshall Memorial Fellowship (2010), Marshall Memorial Fellow Selection Board Member (2011), and a beneficiary of the French Foreign Ministry’s Personalities of the Future Fellowship (2012).