RESCHEDULED! – Changing Energy Landscape

James-Clad-PhotoTopic:  The World Politics of a Changing Energy Landscape

Speaker:  James Clad

This event was previously postponed.  This is the newly scheduled date for this lecture.  If you purchased a ticket for the original date, you have been issued a refund and you will need to purchase a new ticket for this revised date.


Location:  Tipton Hall, SF University of Art and Design, 1600 St. Michael’s Drive

Cost: $15 CIR Members/ $20 Non-members & Guests


CIR presents James Clad, senior adviser to the Center for Naval Analyses and former deputy assistant secretary of defense. Mr. Clad will discuss how recent energy trends have upset the world oil market and transformed the geopolitical landscape.

Asian energy demand is surging, Russian natural gas sales are falling following EU sanctions and a dramatic increase in oil production in North America has sparked a rivalry with OPEC that has brought global prices to a five-year low. This flurry of activity has upended traditional trade patterns and threatened energy security for many nations around the world. While market volatility has brought short-term benefits to the manufacturing and transportation industries, many analysts believe sustained instability could result in a global recession.


Mr. Clad will discuss the trends that led to the current global energy landscape, how America’s security has been impacted and how these uncertainties are likely to be resolved in the coming months and years.


Mr. Clad regularly consults for energy, investment and strategic advisory firms. During 2002-10, he served as U.S. deputy assistant secretary of defense for Asia, and as senior counselor at the Overseas Private Investment Corporation and the Agency for International Development.  From 1995-2002 he held a Georgetown University Luce foundation professorship and was, concurrently, Director/Asia-Pacific Energy at CERA.

Trained as a New Zealand lawyer, his career has focused on Asian commercial and security affairs broadening after 2002 to include the Middle East.  In the 1980s-90s, he wrote for the Far Eastern Economic Review, and had fellowships from St. Antony’s College, Oxford, from the Carnegie Endowment, and from Harvard’s Center for International Affairs. He also served in the New Zealand diplomatic service.