The United States and China: Party Talks, Trade Dialogue, and the Role of Energy

October 10, 2017 - 3:30 pm

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

The United States and China: Party Talks, Trade Dialogue, and the Role of Energy Exports
Opening remarks by:
Ambassador Richard Morningstar (Ret.)
Founding Director and Chairman, Global Energy Center
Atlantic Council
A conversation with:
Alan Turley
Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for China and Mongolia, International Trade Administration
US Department of Commerce
Maria DiGiulian
Senior Policy Adviser for China, Office of International Affairs
US Department of Energy
Robert Fee
Chief of Staff and Acting Senior Vice President, External Affairs
Cheniere Energy, Inc.
Moderated by:
Keith Johnson
Acting Managing Editor, News
Foreign Policy

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Maria DiGiulian is a senior policy adviser at the US Department of Energy in the Office of International Affairs.  In this role, she is responsible for managing the Department’s China engagements, to include multiple bilateral collaborative programs. She is also responsible for developing strategies, priorities, analyses, and recommendations for the secretary, deputy secretary, and other senior officials on key initiatives with China related to the overall energy relationship. She is responsible for conducting in-depth analyses for comprehensive energy policy planning and strategic decision-making on international energy policy and investment and trade issues. She provides insights, briefings, and other comprehensive analyses on key energy issues in China and Asia more broadly, including on the issues of energy security, clean energy development and deployment, energy efficiency, energy technology innovation, and bilateral and multilateral cooperation initiatives, among others.
Prior to joining the Department of Energy, Ms. DiGiulian was a principal at a political risk consulting firm. In that role she conducted political risk analysis for a variety of private sector clients, including multinational energy firms. She also served as an adjunct professor at George Mason’s School of Public Policy. Earlier in her career she worked at several major law firms, where she focused her practice on international government relations work, trade remedy litigation, and appellate litigation including litigation before the Supreme Court.
Ms. DiGiulian was graduated from Hamilton College with a BA in English, and from George Washington University with an MA in East Asian studies. She also holds a JD from George Mason University’s School of Law.
She lives in Arlington, VA with her husband and two daughters.

Robert Fee is the chief of staff at Cheniere Energy, Inc., a Houston-based energy company primarily engaged in liquefied natural gas (LNG)-related businesses. As chief of staff to the chief executive officer, he is engaged with strategy development and execution. Robert is also currently acting senior vice president of external affairs at Cheniere Energy, Inc., leading federal, international, state, local, and regulatory engagement efforts.
Before joining Cheniere, Robert was chief of staff and senior adviser in the Office of Fossil Energy at the US Department of Energy. In his various roles, Fee helped manage the oversight of the office’s research and development program and major policy and regulatory responsibilities, including over $3 billion carbon capture and storage (CCS) demonstration projects, hydraulic fracturing, climate regulation, the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, and LNG exports. Fee previously served as the liaison between business and advocacy communities on energy and environmental issues at both the White House Office of Public Engagement and the US Department of Energy. Fee received a BA in history and Italian studies from Miami University in Ohio.
Keith Johnson is the current Foreign Policy acting managing editor for news. He has been at Foreign Policy since 2013, after spending fifteen years reporting from Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia covering various topics including energy and the environment, domestic energy policies, environmental rules and regulations, and the economic and geopolitical implications of the shifting global energy landscape. From 2001-2007, based in Spain, he covered primarily energy, airlines, and terrorism, and from 2008-2010, he ran the Wall Street Journal’s blog Environmental Capital, which covered energy and environmental issues. From 2010-2012, he covered national security issues and foreign affairs, including homeland security and the US Department of State. Mr. Johnson received a BA in history and an MA in Spanish literature from the University of Georgia.
Richard L. Morningstar is the founding director and chairman 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 US 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 US 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). Morningstar also served as chairman of the board and chief executive officer of the Costar Corporation from 1990 to 1993 and as president and chief executive officer from 1981 to 1990. He was an attorney with Peabody and Brown (now Nixon and Peabody) in Boston from 1970 to 1981, where he became a partner in 1977. Morningstar served as a commissioner of the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws (1989–93). Prior to returning to the government in 2009, he served as director of the American Councils for International Education, a trustee of the Kosovo-America Educational Foundation, and a trustee of the Eurasia Foundation. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Morningstar received his BA from Harvard in 1967 and JD from Stanford Law School in 1970.
Alan Turley is the deputy assistant secretary of commerce for China and Mongolia in the US Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration. He leads a team of more than 160 professionals in the United States and overseas that is dedicated to opening foreign markets to US products, protecting US commercial interests abroad, promoting US exports and encouraging foreign direct investment into the United States. He advises the leadership in the Department of Commerce on trade-policy issues regarding the bilateral commercial relationship between the United States and China and helps shape the Department’s trade promotion agenda.
Prior to re-joining the Commercial Service, Mr. Turley was vice president for international affairs in Asia Pacific for FedEx Express. Twice a winner of FedEx’s coveted “Five Star Award,” Mr. Turley helped manage FedEx’s rapid growth and expansion in Asia, including the building of China’s first international air express hub, the founding of FedEx’s wholly-owned operations in China, and the approval of FedEx’s purchase of TNT Express.
Mr. Turley’s previous service in the US and Foreign Commercial Service started in 1986 in Japan, where he headed the Major Projects and Transportation Equipment Unit.  Mr. Turley then served as the director of the Commercial Service's International Marketing Center at the US embassy in London before moving back to Asia to become deputy senior commercial officer at the American Institute in Taiwan.
From 1996 to 2000, Mr. Turley was the minister-counselor for commercial affairs at the US embassy in Beijing, and from 2000 to 2002 he served in the same capacity at the US embassy in Tokyo.
Alan Turley was educated in public schools in Cheshire, Connecticut and graduated from the University of Virginia with high honors in 1983.  After receiving his BA, Mr. Turley spent two years studying Chinese in Taiwan at National Taiwan Normal University's Mandarin Training Center. During that time he also traveled extensively throughout Asia.