Workshop on Oil and Political Relationships

Director: 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.

Background Materials

Rose Kelanic, Oil and the Threat of Trade Disruption

Albert Bressand, Foreign Direct Investment in the Oil and Gas Sector

Valerie Marcel, Gulf Oil Producers' Investment Flows

David Mares, United States-Venezuela

David L. Goldwyn, The Oil Trade Relationship Between the U.S. and Canada

Jon B. Alterman, China-Saudi Arabia

Deborah Brautigam, China-Angola

Ariel Cohen, Politicized Oil Trade: Russia and its Neighbors

Noel Maurer, Françafrique and Oil

Meetings

Conference Panel Session

Workshop on Oil and Political Relationships: Context for Discussion

Panelists:

Rosemary Kelanic, George Washington University, Jeff Colgan, American University
January 20, 2012

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Conference Panel Session

Case Studies: Special Relationships

Panelists:

Ariel Cohen, Heritage Foundation, Noel Maurer, Harvard Business School
January 19, 2012

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Conference Panel Session

Investment Flows

Panelists:

Albert Bressand, Columbia University, Valerie Marcel, Chatham House, Trevor Houser, Rhodium Group
January 19, 2012

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Conference Panel Session

Case Studies: United States

Panelists:

David Mares, University of California-San Diego, David L. Goldwyn, Goldwyn Global Strategies
January 19, 2012

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Conference Panel Session

Case Studies: China

Panelists:

Jon B. Alterman, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Deborah Brautigam, American University
January 19, 2012

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