Meghan O’Sullivan writes in Bloomberg Opinion: “What Does Success Look Like for a Climate Czar?”

"President-elect Joe Biden’s decision to create a new cabinet-level position for climate-related issues — and to choose so prominent a figure as former Secretary of State John Kerry to fill it — demonstrates Biden’s sincerity over putting climate at the very center of U.S. foreign policy. It is easy to understate the importance of this appointment, given the flurry of czars created by most new administrations..." Read the full article here: Full Article

2020-12-16T14:57:57-05:00December 2, 2020|Geopolitical Perspectives|

Meghan O’Sullivan writes in The Japan Times: “After Oil: Throwing Money at Green Energy Isn’t Enough”

"The geopolitical and geo-economic forces wrought by the coronavirus pandemic are likely to slow the transition to a more sustainable global energy mix. Fortunately, the pandemic has also resulted in governments gaining vastly greater influence over whether this shift stalls or accelerates..." Read the full article here: Full Article

2020-10-20T16:38:23-04:00September 28, 2020|Economy & Trade|

Meghan O’Sullivan writes in Bloomberg: “Pandemic Is Hurting, Not Helping, Green Energy”

"For most people, there was nothing to celebrate when the International Monetary Fund downgraded its outlook for global economic growth in June, anticipating a contraction of 4.9% for 2020. Yet for others, such as the small but persistent group of economists and others known as the 'degrowth movement,' the Covid-induced economic slowdown has a silver lining..." Read the full article here: Full Article

2020-09-30T22:12:45-04:00September 16, 2020|Economy & Trade|

WestExec Spotlight: Meghan O’Sullivan

WestExec’s Spotlight Series highlights the issues on which some of our team members focus. This week’s Spotlight features Meghan O’Sullivan, former Special Assistant to President George W. Bush and Deputy National Security Advisor for Iraq and Afghanistan. Geopolitics of Energy: Meghan has spent her career exploring the close relationship between global energy markets and geopolitics and says the COVID-19 pandemic could bring about a geopolitical reset. She helps WestExec clients navigate the complexities of global energy markets and has deep knowledge [...]

2020-08-07T08:41:08-04:00July 10, 2020|WestExec Spotlight|

Meghan O’Sullivan quoted in S&P Global article, “Economists Wonder: Did COVID-19 Accelerate Timeline for Peak Oil Demand?”

"'We see a real absence of international cooperation during this moment of global crisis,' Meghan O'Sullivan, an international affairs professor at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government said May 20, pointing to early efforts by wealthy countries to procure vaccine manufacturing for the benefit of their own citizens. 'But then we see more conventional manifestations of nationalism: Doubling down on calls to reshore manufacturing, growing talk about protectionist measures, a lot of talk in the United States about the use of [...]

2020-06-12T14:52:40-04:00June 8, 2020|Economy & Trade|

Julie Smith and Meghan O’Sullivan in conversation on the Post-Pandemic Order podcast

"On this week’s episode of Post Pandemic Order, host Julie Smith discusses the coronavirus and disruptions in the global energy market with Meghan O’Sullivan the Jeane Kirkpatrick Professor of the Practice of International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School where she also directs the Geopolitics of Energy Project. "The insight-packed 20 minute conversation dives into the pandemic’s effect on energy trends, the international energy transition, the state of international cooperation on energy issues, and much more..." Listen to the full episode [...]

2020-06-05T13:48:03-04:00May 28, 2020|Economy & Trade|

Meghan O’Sullivan writes in Bloomberg: “Oil’s Collapse Is a Geopolitical Reset In Disguise”

"The world is on the cusp of a geopolitical reset. The global pandemic could well undermine international institutions, reinforce nationalism and spur de-globalization. But far-sighted leadership could also rekindle cooperation, glimmers of which appeared in the G-20’s offer of debt relief for some of the world’s poorest countries, a joint plea from more than 200 former national leaders for a more coordinated pandemic response and an unprecedented multinational pact to arrest the crash in oil markets. "The remarkable effort to address [...]

Meghan O’Sullivan quoted in the Financial Times article, “Will American Shale Oil Rise Again?”

“Meghan O'Sullivan, the head of the geopolitics programme at Harvard's Kennedy School, says the shale revolution had bolstered the US internationally by, 'altering the global strategic environment in a way that made it more conducive to US interests.' "'The global energy abundance that was in large part due to American shale... helped US allies and, on the whole, tended to harm its adversaries, from Iran to Russia to Venezuela,' she adds..." Read the full article here: Full Article

2020-05-01T14:53:04-04:00April 24, 2020|Economy & Trade|

Meghan O’Sullivan writes in Bloomberg: “Oil Markets Provide a Glimpse of the Post-Pandemic Future”

"Henry Kissinger warns that many existing domestic and international institutions that have helped govern the past decades will not survive the Covid-19 crisis. He is surely correct. "Which institutions will endure, and what will replace those that meet their demise? Will, as Kissinger describes it, the revival of the 'walled city' prevail? Or will the seriousness of this moment catalyze the global cooperation that has been in such short supply to make globalization more resilient in the face of future threats? [...]

2020-04-14T13:21:06-04:00April 7, 2020|Economy & Trade|
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