Downstream oil theft poses a significant threat to local and regional prosperity, as well as to global stability and security. In 2016, the Atlantic Council Global Energy Center published the first comprehensive study on downstream oil theft, launching a body of work on this important topic. Led by Global Energy Center Senior Fellow Ian Ralby, this initiative seeks to identify and assess the various ways oil theft occurs and provide recommendations for policymakers and stakeholders to combat oil theft moving forward.

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Sat, May 16, 2020

Downstream oil theft: Countermeasures and good practices

Downstream oil theft has become a global problem. Since most of the world’s energy systems still rely on oil, fuel smugglers are nearly always able to find markets for their goods. Moreover, as oil is not inherently illegal, it is generally an easy product to move, buy, and sell. Profits from oil theft are frequently used to fund terrorism and other illegal activities.

Report by Dr. David Soud with contributing authors Dr. Ian Ralby and Rohini Ralby

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