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September 10, 2019

Climate Change
Impact of Climate Risk on the Energy System

Climate change poses risks to energy security, financial markets, and national security. Energy companies and local, state, and federal governments need to better prepare to face these challenges.

Impact of Climate Risk on the Energy System by Amy Myers Jaffe et al.

March 8, 2019

Energy and Environment
The Tech-Enabled Energy Future

A new wave of energy innovation is remaking the transportation, electricity, and manufacturing sectors. This revolution is already creating uncertainty about the future energy landscape, lessening common interests between oil producing nations and the world’s largest economies.

NuTonomy’s driverless car, the first to launch in Boston, takes a spin around Drydock Avenue in South Boston, on January 4, 2017.

December 3, 2018

Ukraine
Advancing Natural Gas Reform in Ukraine

The Donald J. Trump administration should place energy-sector reform at the center of its relationship with Ukraine. Doing so would constitute a low-risk, high-reward strategy for Washington to counter Moscow’s influence at the NATO border.

A Ukrainian worker checks gas valves of the main natural gas pipeline at the gas-compressor station in Boyarka village.

July 26, 2018

Energy and Environment
Applying Blockchain Technology to Electric Power Systems

Blockchain does not singularly address the various challenges that the electricity sector faces, but it should be one of a portfolio of technology options to address those challenges. And its potential as a platform technology might be transformative.

Illustration of a smart city concept (iStoch/Getty Images)

June 25, 2018

Renewable Energy
Digital Decarbonization

Advances in data science are already transforming the way energy is produced, transported and consumed. These innovations have the potential to reduce carbon emissions and boost clean energy, but they also come with serious risks.

Conceptual illustration (LuckyStep48/Alamy)

May 21, 2018

Trade
Global Imbalances Tracker

The CFR Global Imbalances Tracker can be used to gauge, through time, the vulnerability of individual countries and the global economy to the buildup of imbalances in the current account.

December 12, 2017

China
Writing New Rules for the U.S.-China Investment Relationship

The United States should aim for a version of reciprocity that allows it the flexibility to maximize pressure on the broad range of Chinese industrial policy concerns while leaving a clear route to negotiations.

A man walks past a branch of Citibank in Beijing, on April 18, 2016. (Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters)

November 17, 2017

Russia
Economic Constraints on Russian Foreign Policy

For now, Russia is able to achieve many of its foreign policy goals despite the limitations of its economy, but that will not last forever. The United States should prepare to seize future opportunit…

Russian servicemen march prior to the Victory Day military parade marking the World War II anniversary at Red Square in Moscow on May 9, 2017.

October 18, 2017

Digital Policy
The Rise of Digital Protectionism

In July 2017, the Council on Foreign Relations’ Maurice R. Greenberg Center for Geoeconomic Studies held a workshop to examine the drivers behind digital protectionism in Asia and Europe, its implica…

A woman hovers a mouse over the Google and European Union logos in this April 15, 2015 photo illustration.

October 16, 2017

China
Chinese Investment in Critical U.S. Technology: Risks to U.S. Security Interests

To counter security threats of Chinese investment in U.S. critical technology, policymakers should boost innovation in the U.S. economy as a way to maintain a technological edge rather than seek to block or restrict Chinese investment or to limit the export of certain technologies.

A man programs an iPal Companion Robot by Nanjing Avatar Mind Robot Technology at the 2017 World Robot conference in Beijing, on August 22, 2017. (Thomas Peter/Reuters)