Geopolitics of Energy

The 21st Century Geopolitics of Energy: Risks, Vulnerabilities and Opportunities

One-Day Professional Development Certificate Course for Mid-Career Professionals

Date: TBD

On the Campus of George Washington University in Washington, D.C
Choose to attend in person at GW or livestreamed to your location.

Text Box:  This one-day GWU professional development certificate course for mid-career professionals will explore the little understood but compelling world of what may be the most powerful force that operates around the globe, now and for the foreseeable future: Energy and Geopolitics.

International energy markets are dynamic and entwined with foreign affairs, historically contributing to the rise and fall of international powers and alliances, business successes and failures, and often to conflict and war. Evaluating, forecasting, and positioning for financial, military, or diplomatic opportunities in the 21st Century requires an understanding of the current geopolitics of energy and the risks and vulnerabilities posed by shifts in energy markets and political pressures. The course will help attendees claim a 21st Century competitive edge in business, eduaction and government professions.

Join course instructor Paul Michael Whibey, an international energy advisor to governments and business and a panel of energy and political affairs experts in a Washington D.C. day of learning, dialogue and networking.

Course Learning Objectives

Students will explore the consequences of competition for oil and gas supplies, changes in energy supply and demand, energy security and vulnerabilities to supply disruptions, and the environmental and climate implications of energy policy. The topics are foundational for consultants, advisors, decision makers and other mid-career professionals seeking to understand how public and private energy and infrastructure investments and government policy decisions affect national security, economies and the health of the planet.

Course Format:  8:30 am to 4 pm EDT, includes light breakfast and lunch

  1. Introduction to International Energy Politics (2 hours)
    1. Defining Terms
    2. Conceptual Underpinnings
    3. Power Equation
    4. The Value Proposition
  2. Case Studies: Real Time/ Real World Changes in the Geopolitical Balance of Power due to Energy Resources  (2 hours)

Four cases will be selected based on a survey of te interests of the participants..  

a. Eastern Mediterranean & Offshore Natural Gas

        - Key Players: Turkey; Israel; Egypt; Cyprus; US; ExxonMobil; ENI; Shell

b. US-China Energy Trade: Key Component of the Trade Talks

        - Key Players: US, China, Cheniere LNG, ExxonMobil

c. Nordstream 2 Gas Pipeline v NATO Cohesion v EU Climate Policies

         - Key players: Germany, Russia, Ukraine, US, Poland; Gazprom

d. OPEC Deconstruction and Saudi Arabia's New Energy Alliances

         - Key Players: KSA, China, Russia, ARAMCO, BRI

e. Mexican President Obrador's Commitment to Social Justice through

           Energy Policies & Options

       - Key Players:  Mexico, US, China, Venezuela, PEMEX

f. North American Energy & Climate Change Geopolitics: Rising Regional Tensions & Disputes

       Canada:  Oil Boycotts; Regional Alienation; Constitutional Crisis

          -  Key Players:  Alberta, BC, Ottawa

       US: Regional Alliances vs Litigation & Regulation vs EOs

               Key players: Gulf Coast; Appalachia; White House

  1. Panel discussion (90 minutes)  Into the Looking Glass - Panel perspectives on the Future of Energy Markets and Politics into the mid-21st Century

Text Box:  Meet the Instructor

Paul Michael Wihbey is an international expert, and consultant on the geopolitics of the energy, including unconventional oil and gas, midstream logistics, and key producing jurisdictions such as West Africa, Western North America, China, and the Persian Gulf. He is the author of "The Rise of the New Oil Order”/"Le Nouvel ordre du Pétrole”, Geneva Switzerland, 2009.

Mr. Wihbey is Senior Fellow, Center for American Geopolitics, Washington DC. and Visiting Professor & Fellow, Emerald Energy Institute for Petroleum and Energy Economics, Policy and Strategic Studies,University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria. He serves as policy chairman of an Abu Dhabi - based strategic advisory. Mr Wihbey is a frequent commentator on Bloomberg TV/BNN Canada.
His most recent article, 'The Eastern Mediterranean Gas Forum: Shifting the Regional Balance of Power from Land to Sea' is scheduled to be published in May by Middle East Studies, Marine Corps University, Quantico Va. 

  • Ambassador Michael Ussery  – Former U.S. Ambassador to Morocco and Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Near East and South Asia Bureau in the Department of State, Ambassador Ussery has led major investments, business development and humanitarian projects in East Europe, the Mid-East, Asia and the Caribbean. Ussery is a Founder of numerous companies and non-profit organizations operating internationally, and he has been a strategic advisor to leading corporations.
  • Other Panelists – To be announced.