The New Geopolitics of Energy: How the Drive to Combat Climate Change is Transforming Global Politics
The Christopher H. Browne Center for International Politics
2022 - 2023 Rena and Angelius Anspach Lecture
This event is free and open to the public.
The Russian invasion of Ukraine brought the issue of energy security to the top of the global agenda, placing it on par with international concern about climate change. As countries, businesses, and individuals increase their efforts to move away from carbon-intensive energy, their actions will increasingly change how countries interact with one another, affect prospects for war and peace, and influence the pace of globalization. In this talk, Professor Meghan O’Sullivan will explain how the drive to address climate change will be one of the biggest geopolitical forces of the coming decade.
Meghan L. O’Sullivan is the Jeane Kirkpatrick Professor of the Practice of International Affairs and the Director of the Geopolitics of Energy Project at Harvard University’s Kennedy School. She is also a Partner at the strategic consulting firm Macro Advisory Partners and is the Chair of the North American Group of the Trilateral Commission.
Between 2004 and 2007, Meghan was special assistant to President George W. Bush and Deputy National Security Advisor for Iraq and Afghanistan during the last two years of her tenure. She also worked in the office of Policy Planning in the State Department under Secretary of State Colin Powell. From July 2013 to December 2013, Meghan was the Vice Chair of the All Party Talks in Northern Ireland, which sought to resolve outstanding issues in the peace process. Today, Meghan is a member of Secretary of State Anthony Blinken’s Foreign Policy Advisory Board.
O'Sullivan is on the board of Raytheon Technologies and the Board of Directors of the Council on Foreign Relations. She is also a member of the International Advisory Group for the British law firm, Linklaters and a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion. She is a trustee of the International Crisis Group and a member of the board of The Mission Continues, an organization to help veterans. She was a 2015 Henry Crown Fellow and a 1991 Henry Luce Fellow.
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