Experts reactJan 25, 2023
Experts react: The US opens up Caribbean energy supplies with a sanctions exception for Venezuela. What does it mean for the region?
By Atlantic Council experts
The agreement would boost Caribbean energy supplies while creating an exception for some US sanctions on Caracas—without allowing cash payments to go to President Nicolás Maduro’s government.
David Goldwyn is president of Goldwyn Global Strategies, LLC (GGS), an international energy advisory consultancy, and Chairman of the Atlantic Council Global Energy Center’s Energy Advisory Group. He is a globally recognized thought leader, educator and policy innovator in energy security and extractive industry transparency. Mr. Goldwyn served as the US State Department’s special envoy and coordinator for international energy affairs from 2009 to 2011 and assistant secretary of energy for international affairs (1999-2001), the only person to hold both the US government’s international energy leadership positions. He also served as national security deputy to US Ambassador to the United Nations Bill Richardson (1997-98) and chief of staff to the U.S. Under-Secretary of State for Political Affairs (1993-97). Most recently, Mr. Goldwyn served on the Steering Committee and was a key facilitator of the Climate Action Solutions Centre (CASC) on the sidelines of COP26 in Glasgow, Scotland. Mr. Goldwyn has been published extensively on topics related to energy security and transparency. He is the co-editor of Energy & Security: Strategies for a World in Transition (Wilson Center Press/Johns Hopkins University Press 2013) and Drilling Down: The Civil Society Guide to Extractive Industry Revenues and the EITI (Revenue Watch Institute 2008). Mr. Goldwyn’s more recent publications include Choosing Wisely: How the Biden Administration Can Build a Better Coalition On International Energy and Climate Policy In a Post-COVID World (Atlantic Council 2021); A New Energy Strategy for the Americas (Atlantic Council 2020); Confronting the Resource Curse: Advice for Investors and Partners (Baker Institute 2020), and “Caribbean Energy Security: Regional Profile and Challenges to Integration” for the Handbook on Caribbean Economies (Routledge 2020) and “Mexico’s Energy Reforms: The Prospects Under an AMLO Administration” Atlantic Council (2018). Mr. Goldwyn holds a B.A. in Government from Georgetown University, an M.A. in Public Affairs from Princeton University Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and a J.D. from New York University.