Report Launch - Downstream Oil Theft: Implications and Next Steps

April 10, 2017 - 12:30 pm

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

Report Launch – Downstream Oil Theft: Implications and Next Steps

A conversation with:

Ian Ralby
Nonresident Senior Fellow, Global Energy Center
Atlantic Council

John Gannon
Adjunct Professor, Center for Security Studies, School of Foreign Service
Georgetown University;
Former Chairman
US National Intelligence Council

Terzah Tippin Poe
Harvard University

Moderated by:

Ambassador Richard Morningstar (Ret.)
Founding Director and Chairman, Global Energy Center
Atlantic Council;
Former Special Envoy for Eurasian Energy
US Department of State

Downstream Oil Theft: Global Modalities, Trends, and Remedies, by Dr. Ian M. Ralby, is the first major study of refined oil theft around the globe. Launched at the Atlantic Council Global Energy Forum in Abu Dhabi in January, this report explores the many ways that hydrocarbons crime presents a threat not only to local and regional prosperity, but also to global stability and security. Following up on this study, Dr. Ralby has written an additional report outlining the steps that need to be taken to effectively address this issue.   

Join the Atlantic Council’s Global Energy Center on April 10 from 12:30 – 2:00 p.m. for a discussion about how hydrocarbons crime impacts global security, the market, the environment, and communities around the world, and how stakeholders can work together to address this underrecognized issue. 

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Atlantic Council
1030 15th Street NW, 12th Floor (West Tower Elevator) 
Washington, DC 

This event is open to press and on the record.



Ian Ralby is a recognized expert in maritime security, private security, international law, and transnational crime. He has been intimately involved with international efforts to develop accountability for armed contractors, and continues to work closely with governments and international organizations on maritime law and security issues. From strategic protection of offshore oil and gas infrastructure; to human rights concerns regarding the use of private security companies by the extractive industry; to approaches to interdicting the theft, trafficking, and illicit refining of energy products, Dr. Ralby has addressed a wide range of energy issues for government and private clients.  In addition to his work with the Atlantic Council, Dr. Ralby is an adjunct professor of maritime law and security at the United States Department of Defense's Africa Center for Strategic Studies, a key opinion-former on maritime security at NATO, and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of his own consultancy, I.R. Consilium LLC.  He writes and speaks frequently around the world on matters of international relations, law, and security. Dr. Ralby has a BA in modern languages and linguistics and an MA in intercultural communication from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County; a JD from William & Mary Law School, where he was a Jack Kent Cooke scholar; and both an MPhil and a PhD from the University of Cambridge, where he was a Gates scholar.

John Gannon served as the Central Intelligence Agency’s (CIA) director of European analysis (1992-1995), as deputy director for intelligence (1995-1997), assistant director of central intelligence for analysis and production (1998-2001), and as chairman of the National Intelligence Council (1997-2001). After his retirement from the CIA in 2001, he served in the White House as the head of the intelligence team standing up the Department of Homeland Security (2002-2003) and later on the Hill as the staff director of the House Select Committee on Homeland Security (2003-2005). Gannon retired from the United Kingdom-owned BAE Systems (2005-2012) as president of the $1.7-billion Intelligence and Security Sector. In February 2014, he was appointed to the position of executive director of the Congressionally-directed 9/11 Review Commission of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which issued its report online in March of 2015. In 2016, he was appointed to the Technical Advisory Group of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. In 2017, he joined the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Task Force on US strategies to combat the ideological component of terrorism chaired by Lee Hamilton and Tom Kean. Gannon earned his BA in psychology at Holy Cross College, and his MA and PhD in history at Washington University in St. Louis. 

Terzah Tippin Poe is an Inupiat from the US Arctic, a lecturer at Harvard University in the Sustainability and Environmental Management program and works as an advisor for large-scale resource development projects. Her areas of expertise are sustainability management, new country entries, vulnerable community/indigenous relations, land use, risk assessment/mitigation and policy. In addition, she lectures at Tufts and Boston College and other institutions on international environmental governance, indigenous rights and collaborative development. As part of Poe’s portfolio with a global energy company, she negotiated agreements with communities and worked with international organizations including the World Bank, Inuit Circumpolar Council, WWF, First Peoples Worldwide, Living Earth and the Nature Conservancy to develop policy. Poe holds a Master's from Harvard in Sustainability and Environmental Management, a Bachelor's in Journalism, and post graduate studies in Public Policy and Ethics.

Richard L. Morningstar is the director of the Global Energy Center at the Atlantic Council. He served as the US ambassador to the Republic of Azerbaijan from July 2012 to August 2014. Prior to his appointment, since April 2009, he was the secretary of state's special envoy for Eurasian energy. Prior to that, Morningstar lectured at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard and Stanford Law School. From June 1999 to September 2001, he served as United States ambassador to the European Union. Prior to this, Morningstar served as special adviser to the president and secretary of state for Caspian Basin energy diplomacy, where he was responsible for assuring maximum coordination within the executive branch and with other governments and international organizations to promote United States policies on Caspian Basin energy development and transportation. From April 1995 to July 1998, he served as ambassador and special adviser to the president and secretary of state on assistance for the new independent states (NIS) of the former Soviet Union, where he oversaw all US bilateral assistance and trade investment activities in the NIS. From 1993 to 1995, he served as senior vice president of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC).