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Manufacturing facility

Tue, Oct 22, 2019

The Saudi Aramco-SABIC merger: How acquiring SABIC fits into Aramco’s long-term diversification strategy

Table of Contents SABIC Aramco’s strategy: Transparency Aramco’s strategy: Diversification The Aramco-SABIC merger: Common ground, synergies, and lack thereof Unforeseen consequences of the Aramco-SABIC merger Financial review SABIC-Saudi Aramco post-acquisition structure Merger and bureaucratic battles Conclusion In August 2018, Saudi Aramco1This paper will use “Saudi Aramco” and “Aramco” in reference to the same company, whose […]

Issue Brief by Jean-François Seznec

Energy Markets & Governance Energy Transitions
nuclear submarine and military members

Mon, Oct 14, 2019

The value of the US nuclear power complex to US national security

Based on conservative estimates of the value it provides due to human capital, dependability of the energy supply, vibrancy of the supply chain, and contributions to green power—the civilian nuclear energy industry contributes at least $42.4 billion annually to the pursuit of US national security priorities.

Issue Brief by Dr. Robert F. Ichord, Jr. and Bart Oosterveld

Economy & Business National Security

Mon, Sep 23, 2019

Assessing blockchain’s future in transactive energy

There are compelling reasons for energy markets, and their governance, to move in the direction of a more transactive energy system. Is blockchain a suitable platform for the transactive electricity market of the future, enabling distributed energy resources to transact with each other and capture value, while collectively helping balance the grid?

Report by Ben Hertz-Shargel and David Livingston

Climate Change & Climate Action Energy Markets & Governance

Mon, Jun 24, 2019

European energy security and transatlantic cooperation

Transatlantic cooperation with a focus on energy security will be essential to addressing global challenges and should be prioritized by US and EU leadership, since energy security translates into national, political, and economic security on both sides of the Atlantic.

Issue Brief by Richard L. Morningstar, András Simonyi, Olga Khakova, and Irina Markina

Energy & Environment Europe & Eurasia

Mon, May 20, 2019

US nuclear energy leadership: Innovation and the strategic global challenge

A flourishing domestic nuclear energy sector is critical to US national security, both in the interconnections between military and civilian uses of nuclear energy, as well as in foreign policy.

Report by Atlantic Council Task Force on US Nuclear Energy Leadership

Nuclear Energy United States and Canada

Thu, Jan 24, 2019

Does money grow on trees? Restoration financing in Southeast Asia

Given its unique role as both a potential source of emissions—as well as storage—for carbon, the land use sector may play a crucial role in the world’s success or failure in avoiding dangerous levels of climate change over this century. Nowhere is the pivotal role of land use more apparent than in tropical forests.

Report by Prajwal Baral, Mikkel Larsen, Matthew Archer, PhD

Climate Change & Climate Action Energy & Environment

Tue, Jan 8, 2019

From Paris to Beijing: Implementing the Paris Agreement in the People’s Republic of China

Hart’s analysis makes the case for greater transparency at all levels of government, the elimination of subsidies—with the exception of low-carbon energy and technology, the alignment of climate policy with China’s trade stance, and inclusion of the Chinese public on climate policy debates.

Global Energy Forum by Craig A. Hart

China Climate Change & Climate Action

Tue, Jan 8, 2019

Meeting Asian LNG demand

There are many ways in which demand for LNG has had an impact on shipping routes, as well as trade issues between the suppliers and importers of natural gas. This is the story of LNG transport against the backdrop of geopolitical tensions and diplomatic relations.

Global Energy Forum by Jean-François Seznec

East Asia Energy & Environment

Tue, Jan 8, 2019

Ready for takeoff? Aviation biofuels past, present, and future

The importance of powering the aviation sector (both military and commercial) through sustainable fuels cannot be overstated. This report provides a keen look at the history of biofuels, current uses of biofuel, and investments in research and development that will yield future dividends.

Global Energy Forum by David Hitchcock

Energy & Environment Renewables & Advanced Energy

Tue, Jan 8, 2019

Sovereign investors: A means for economic diversification?

Transparency metrics and measures in governance will help sovereign investors build partnerships in a wide range of industries, bolstering countries’ efforts to move beyond reliance on oil.

Global Energy Forum by Bina Hussein

Energy & Environment Energy Transitions