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Blake Clayton

Adjunct Fellow for Energy

Expertise

Energy markets, security, and policy; commodities markets; natural resource economics.

Programs

Program on Energy Security and Climate Change , Program on Energy and National Security

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With renewable energy sources in countries like Brazil and Bolivia, will U.S. energy policy shift toward South America?

Asked by Fagner Dantas, from Universidade Federal da Bahia

The global energy map is being redrawn at an accelerated pace. All signs point to the United States becoming part of an increasingly hemispheric energy trade, both for oil as well as for biofuels like ethanol. The Middle East will still loom large in U.S. energy policy given its crucial role in the world oil market, but U.S. energy officials and companies are forging deeper ties with their counterparts elsewhere in the Americas.

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Article

Will Obama Pull the Trigger on the Strategic Petroleum Reserve?

Author: Blake Clayton
Forbes Online

In an article launching a new Forbes.com blog, "Risk and Return," Blake Clayton says that President Obama, having learned the hard way last year that a Strategic Petroleum Reserve release can't reliably lower oil prices for very long, is likely weighing the potential political costs of a release versus its possible economic benefits.

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Current Projects

Past Projects

Workshop on Oil and Political Relationships

Directors: Michael A. Levi, David M. Rubenstein Senior Fellow for Energy and the Environment and Director of the Program on Energy Security and Climate Change, and Blake Clayton, Adjunct Fellow for Energy
January 19, 2012—January 20, 2012

The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) convened a workshop to explore connections between oil trade and political relations. To accomplish this objective, the workshop brought together a diverse set of scholars and practitioners with backgrounds in economics, international relations, security, and public policy to focus on case studies that were selected to provide insight into important potential relationships between oil markets and international relations. Several participants were asked to prepare simple memos, which are available below. The memos are not CFR publications, and are solely the responsibility of their authors. They are shared here so that others can learn from them.

This workshop was made possible by the generous support of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

CFR Events

Symposium

Natural Capital: Are Resources Scarce or Sustainable?

Speakers:

Blake Clayton, Fellow for Energy and National Security, Council on Foreign Relations, Geoffrey D. Dabelko, Director of Environmental Studies, Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs, Ohio University; Senior Adviser, Environmental Change and Security Program, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Greg Stone, Executive Vice President, Global Marine and Betty and Gordon Moore Center for Ecosystem Science and Economics, Conservation International

Presider:

Juliet Eilperin, White House Correspondent; former Environmental Staff Writer, Washington Post
March 20, 2013 3:00-4:00 p.m.

This meeting is on the record.

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Academic Conference Call

Energy Dependence

Speaker:

Blake Clayton, Fellow for Energy and National Security, Council on Foreign Relations
April 25, 2012 12:00-1:00 p.m. - (ET)

This meeting is on the record.

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Bio

Blake Clayton is a member of the Integrated Oil and Gas equity research team at Citigroup. Prior to joining Citigroup, Dr. Clayton was a fellow on energy at the Council on Foreign Relations, where he currently serves as an adjunct fellow. He is the author of Commodity Markets and the Global Economy (Cambridge University Press; forthcoming in 2014) and Panic: A Century of Oil Market Madness (Oxford University Press; forthcoming in 2014). Dr. Clayton received a doctorate from Oxford University, where he studied business economics and strategy. The recipient of the University of Chicago Endowed Fellowship, he holds dual master's degrees from the University of Chicago and Cambridge University.