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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

Wed, Mar 11, 2020

New British budget takes coronavirus head-on

Britain’s finance minister, Rishi Sunak, has just delivered a master class in how a government should tackle both the health and economic consequences of the coronavirus pandemic.

New Atlanticist by John M. Roberts

Coronavirus Politics & Diplomacy

Thu, Feb 13, 2020

What Johnson’s cabinet reshuffle means

By purging two of the most important members of his government along with a cluster of other cabinet ministers on February 13, Prime Minister Boris Johnson is seeking to set his own presidential stamp on the premiership and warning that he will brook no challenge to himself or his policies.

New Atlanticist by John M. Roberts

Politics & Diplomacy United Kingdom

Full Bio

John M. Roberts is a senior fellow at Atlantic Council’s Eurasia Center and Global Energy Center. He is also a senior partner with Methinks Ltd, a consultancy specializing in the interrelationship between energy, economic development, and politics. He has a particular expertise in the development of energy in the Caucasus and Central Asia and in the pipelines connecting or intended to connect the Caspian to China, Russia, India, and Europe

Roberts is one of Europe’s leading energy security specialists. He served as managing editor at Platts for twelve years and previously with Financial Times Energy, focusing on the development of energy and on the impact of energy on development. In assessing global energy security issues, he has regularly toured the Gulf and the Caspian, as well as visited the Alaskan North Slope, the Athabasca Tar Sands, China, Norway, and Venezuela. He has also testified to UK parliamentary committees on Turkish, Russian, Caspian, and Mideast energy security issues. He is currently researching shale gas development in China and hydrocarbons development in the Eastern Mediterranean and Northern Iraq.

His books include Caspian Pipelines (1996), Visions & Mirages: The Middle East in a New Era (1995), and Beyrouth: L’Été ’82 (Beirut, Summer of ’82) (1983). His latest book, Pipeline Politics: The Caspian and Global Energy Security, was published in 2014 by the Royal Institute of International Affairs in the United Kingdom and by the Brookings Institution in the United States.