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On September, 2016, the Eurasian Energy Futures Initiative hosted a panel on the book The Future of Natural Gas: Markets and Geopolitics. Nicolò Sartori, Senior Fellow at the Istituto Affari Internazionali, and co-editor of the book, provided an overwiew and discussed the development of LNG as a future reliable resource, diversification of energy supplies in Europe and Asia, and market forces driving the natural gas industry. Jane Nakano, Senior Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, highlighted Japan’s strategic importance for the LNG market, as well as Japan’s geopolitical issues with China, citing that two-thirds of LNG shipments pass through the contested South China Sea.
On September 21, 2016, the Global Energy Center hosted a panel on whether the Southern Gas Corridor is on track, as it is facing geopolitical and financial issues.
While not much has changed for American investors, the Iran Nuclear Deal has brought about major shifts in international trade, particularity, but not exclusively, in the oil and gas sectors. Richard Nephew joined the Atlantic Council’s Turkey office on June 9, 2016, to discuss the obstacles facing Iran as the Islamic Republic reenters the global economy. “We should look at Iran as an emerging market with all of the challenges that come with an emerging market as well as the opportunities. We need to look at Iran as a place where, yes, you can do business but you have to be careful,” said Nephew.
The United States will be a reliable supplier of liquefied natural gas to global markets because it is “not only good for our energy security, it is good for the security of our energy partners and allies around the world,” said Robin Dunnigan, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Energy Diplomacy at the US State Department.

Dunnigan was hopeful that US LNG will be part of the energy “diversification solution” in Europe and other parts of the world. She spoke at a conference hosted by the Atlantic Council’s Global Energy Center and Eurasian Energy Futures Initiative on April 28.

Written in the New Atlanticist Blog. To read more, click here.
On April 1, 2016, the Atlantic Council’s Eurasian Energy Futures Initiative held a debate on the Nord Stream 2 pipeline and how it could affect the geopolitical and geoeconomic future of Europe’s energy security. 
On April 4, 2016, the Atlantic Council’s Eurasian Energy Futures Initiative launched a report, Securing Ukraine’s Energy Sector, authored by Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center’s Resident Senior Fellow, Anders Åslund.
On Tuesday, March 15, 2016 from 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. the Strategy Initiative at the Atlantic Council’s Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security released its third Atlantic Council Strategy Paper, “Autocracies Failed and Unfailed: Limited Strategies for State Building.”
On Friday, March 4, 2016 from 9:30 – 11:00 a.m. the Strategy Initiative at the Atlantic Council’s Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security released its second Atlantic Council Strategy Paper, “A US Strategy for Sustainable Energy Security.”
Norway could potentially supply Europe with gas for decades to come, which would help diversify the energy market, and strengthen European’s energy security. Additionally, gas has the benefit of offering cost efficient CO2-emission reductions. His Excellency Tord Lien, Norway’s Minister of Petroleum and Energy, elaborated on this and more, such as the benefits of gas in a lower carbon future, how well-functioning energy markets in Europe are crucial for the transition to a cleaner energy system with robust security of supply, and prospects for Norwegian gas.