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The Geopolitics of
the Energy Transformation

The Atlantic Council’s Global Energy Forum is the go-to conference on the geopolitics of the energy transformation, where energy and foreign policy leaders come together to set the energy agenda for the year and examine the longer-term geopolitical and geo-economic implications of the changing energy system.

The 2020 iteration of the forum focuses on three key themes: the role of the oil and gas industry in the energy transition, financing the future of energy, and interconnections in a new era of geopolitics. The forum’s regional footprint has expanded to emphasize increasing energy demand in South and Southeast Asia.

Held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the United Arab Emirates Armed Forces, the forum is held in partnership with the UAE Ministry of Energy and Industry, ADNOC, and Mubadala, and is part of the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week.

2020 Global Energy Forum partners

By partnering with the Global Energy Forum, companies play a crucial role in addressing the energy, political, and economic security challenges of a world in transition.

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Mon, Mar 2, 2020

Bryza joins TNT World to discuss Syrian army’s attack on Turkish soldiers in Syria’s Idlib province

In the News by Atlantic Council

Politics & Diplomacy Security & Defense

Sun, Jan 12, 2020

Election 2020: What’s at stake for energy policy?

As the US presidential election in November 2020 draws nearer, the energy policy platforms—including domestic energy, climate change, foreign, and trade policies—from the Democratic candidates, as well as the energy policies of a potential second Trump Administration, have become increasingly clear. The competing visions of a Republican and a Democratic administration could hardly be more disparate, and industry and external stakeholders should prepare for a volatile outlook regardless of the outcome in November 2020—what are the salient energy policies under the two scenarios and how will they address the deep and entrenched energy challenges that face the United States?

Issue Brief by David L. Goldwyn and Andrea Clabough

Energy Markets & Governance Energy Transitions

Sun, Jan 12, 2020

US Election 2020: What’s at stake for energy and climate?

Atlantic Council2020 Global Energy Forum U.S. Election 2020: What’s at Stake for Energy and Climate? Speakers: Carlos Curbelo, Former US Representative (R-FL) Avi Garbow, Environmental Advocate, Patagonia David Goldwyn, Chairman, Energy Advisory Group, Atlantic Council Michael Steele, Former Chair of the Republican National Committee Moderated By: Hadley Gamble, Reporter and Anchor, CNBC Location:  Abu Dhabi, […]


Climate Change & Climate Action Energy Transitions

Sun, Jan 12, 2020

Energy interconnections: A tool for stability or a vector of geopolitical risk?

Atlantic Council 2020 Global Energy Forum Energy Interconnections: A Tool for Stability or a Vector of Geopolitical Risk? Speakers: H.E. Dr. Matar Al Neyadi, Undersecretary, Ministry of Energy and Industry of the United Arab Emirates Thorsten Herdan, Director General, Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, Germany Ramzi Mroueh, Managing Director, Origination, Cheniere Energy Inc. […]

Transcript by Atlantic Council

Energy Transitions Geopolitics & Energy Security

Sun, Jan 12, 2020

Will climate change move the needle in 2020?

From the release of the Green New Deal to global protests on environmental policy, “climate [has become] a prominent national issue and all the attention it received in 2019 guarantees that it will be a top issue in an American presidential election for the first time ever,” according to former US Congressman Carlos Curbelo (R-FL).

Elections 2020 by David A. Wemer

Climate Change & Climate Action Elections

Sun, Jan 12, 2020

The great gas debate: The role of gas in the energy transition

Atlantic Council 2020 Global Energy Forum The Great Gas Debate: The Role of Gas in the Energy Transition Speakers: Fatima Al Nuaimi, Chief Executive Officer, ADNOC LNG Marco Alverà, Chief Executive Officer, Snam S.p.A. Adnan Amin, Distinguished Fellow, Global Energy Centre, Atlantic Council Tom Earl, Chief Commercial Officer, Venture Global LNG Moderated By: Ambassador Richard […]

Transcript by Atlantic Council

Climate Change & Climate Action Energy Transitions

Sun, Jan 12, 2020

Energy markets underestimate Middle East supply vulnerability

Buoyed by ample supply, global energy markets continue to underestimate risks to output from the Middle East, despite the recent escalation in tensions between the United States and Iran.

New Atlanticist by Adal Mirza

Energy Markets & Governance Geopolitics & Energy Security

Sun, Jan 12, 2020

Gas in the energy transition: Bridge or the destination?

“There are some who believe that gas should play no role in the global energy mix,” Ambassador Richard Morningstar, founding chairman of the Atlantic Council’s Global Energy Center, said at the introduction of a panel on the future of gas at the Atlantic Council’s Global Energy Forum hosted in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates on January 12, 2020. At the other end of the spectrum, he added, some have “called gas a destination fuel that provides a clean baseload energy needed for the developed world to grow.”

New Atlanticist by David A. Wemer

Energy Transitions Oil and Gas

Sun, Jan 12, 2020

Sustainable metals and minerals for the energy transition

Atlantic Council 2020 Global Energy Forum Sustainable Metals and Minerals for the Energy Transition Speaker: The Hon. Francis Fannon, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Energy Resources, US Department of State Moderated By: John Defterios, Business Emerging Markets Editor and Anchor, CNN International Location:  Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates Time:  10:10 a.m. Local Date:  Sunday, January 12, […]

Transcript by Atlantic Council

Geopolitics & Energy Security

Sun, Jan 12, 2020

Energy security and geopolitics: Return to the past or a new world?

Atlantic Council 2020 Global Energy Forum Energy Security and Geopolitics: Return to the Past or a New World? Speakers: Helima Croft, Managing Director and Global Head of Commodity Strategy, Global Research, RBC Capital Markets, LLC Amos Hochstein, Senior Vice President, Marketing, Tellurian Inc. General James L. Jones, Jr., USMC (Ret.), Executive Chairman Emeritus, Atlantic Council […]

Transcript by Atlantic Council

Geopolitics & Energy Security