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Tue, Mar 24, 2020

The implications of the coronavirus crisis on the global energy sector and the environment

The current drop in oil demand—caused, in large part, by severe reductions in travel due to the coronavirus—combined with the Saudi-Russia oil price war has simultaneously, if temporarily, lowered greenhouse gas emissions (GHG). However, the drop in GHG emissions is likely to be unsustainable in the long term, and the currently low cost of oil has raised questions about the future of clean energy deployment and climate action.

New Atlanticist by Jennifer T. Gordon

Coronavirus Energy & Environment

Mon, Mar 9, 2020

Saudi Arabia and Russia feud over coronavirus oil response: Will everyone lose?

"While Russia’s decision last week not to support OPEC’s proposal for a production cut and the subsequent oil price war—which as of publishing has pushed Brent crude down more than 9 percent—is surely part of the larger story of the economic impacts of the coronavirus outbreak, it is actually better understood as a geopolitical story about how US energy production growth has strengthened the United States’ international posture, which in turn has reshaped a number of global relationships," Randolph Bell says.

New Atlanticist by David A. Wemer

Coronavirus Energy Markets & Governance

Fri, Jan 3, 2020

Ellen Wald interviewed on Bloomberg The Open commenting on oil market fluctuation as tensions rise with Iran

In the News by Atlantic Council

Conflict Iran

Full Bio

Ellen R. Wald, Ph.D. is a senior fellow with the Atlantic Council Global Energy Center and the president of Transversal Consulting.

She is the author of “Saudi, Inc.: The Arabian Kingdom’s Pursuit of Profit and Power,” a book on the history and strategy of Aramco and Saudi Arabia. She writes weekly columns on energy markets, geopolitics, and foreign policy at investing.com, Forbes online and Arab News. Her analyses have also appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, The Hill, Modern Trader magazine, the Cairo Review, and various history and policy journals. Dr. Wald regularly comments on policy and industry on television and radio in the US, Canada, and Europe and is frequently quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Axios, and S&P Global Platts.

A graduate of Princeton University (A.B. history, Near Eastern studies) and Boston University (Ph.D. energy history, foreign policy, Middle East), Dr. Wald has taught international relations, Middle East history, and policy for a decade. She has held academic appointments at the University of Georgia, the American Heritage Center at the University of Wyoming, Boston University, and University of Cambridge. She has lectured on energy and geopolitics across the US, the UK, and the Middle East. Dr. Wald is currently an adjunct professor of Middle East history and policy at Jacksonville University.