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Wednesday, April 5, 2017 -
2:30pm to 4:00pm
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Belfer Center Library (L369), Littauer Bldg, HKS, 79 JFK St., Cambridge

"Shifting Politics in Latin America and their Effect on the Energy Industry"

The decline in oil prices, has combined with a shift away from populist politics, to configure a new scenario for the energy industry in Latin America. Most countries are reopening their oil industry and offering more attractive terms to foreign companies. Is this trend going to last? Mexico, the country with the most important liberalization program, could offer the first resiliency test if Lopez Obrador wins the presidency, while Venezuela's possible transition could lead to the most relevant opening in the world. 

A seminar with Francisco Monaldi, Fellow in Latin American Energy Policy and Lecturer in Energy Economics at Rice University and Associate of the Geopolitics of Energy Project. 

Moderated by Meghan O'Sullivan, Jeane Kirkpatrick Professor of the Practice of International Affairs and Director of the Geopolitics of Energy Project. 

Coffee and tea provided. This event is open to the public and RSVPs are requested, but seating will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Dr. Monaldi is an Associate of the Geopolitics of Energy Project at the Belfer Center. He is Fellow in Latin American Energy Policy at the Baker Institute for Public Policy and a Lecturer in Energy Economics at Rice University. He is also a nonresident Fellow at the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University, a Senior Faculty Associate at the School of Government at the Tecnológico de Monterrey in Mexico, and the Founding Director and a Professor at the Center for Energy and the Environment at IESA in Venezuela. In 2012-2015 he was Visiting Professor of Energy Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and Roy Family Fellow at the Belfer Center. In 2013-2014 he was Adjunct Professor at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. In 2012-2013 he was the Robert F. Kennedy Visiting Professor in Latin American Studies at Harvard University. In 2008-2009 he was a Visiting Professor at Stanford University and a National Fellow at the Hoover Institution. He has been a consultant to multilateral agencies, governments, and corporations. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Mercantil, Venezuela’s leading financial group. He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Stanford University, a Master in International and Development Economics from Yale University, and a B.A. in Economics from Universidad Católica Andres Bello.

Moderated by Meghan L. O’Sullivan is the Jeane Kirkpatrick Professor of the Practice of International Affairs and Director of the Geopolitics of Energy Project at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.  She is working on a book about the foreign policy implications of the new energy abundance, which will be published by Simon & Schuster in 2017.  In 2013, she served as the vice chair of the All Party Talks in Northern Ireland, which sought to resolve on-going obstacles to peace.  Between 2004 and 2007, she 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. There, she helped run the 2006 strategic policy review on Iraq which led to the “surge” strategy. She spent two years in Iraq from 2003-2008. Dr. O’Sullivan is an adjunct senior fellow at the Council of Foreign Relations, an occasional columnist for Bloomberg View, and an advisor to the Hess Corporation. She is a trustee of both the German Marshall Fund and the Friends of Inter Mediate, a UK-based non-profit focused on the most complex and dangerous world conflicts.  She is on the Executive Committee of The Trilateral Commission, a member of the board of The Mission Continues, a non-profit organization to help veterans, and a member of the International Advisory Group for the British law firm, Linklaters.  She is also a member of the Aspen Strategy Group and on the advisory committee for the Women’s Initiative at the George W. Bush Institute.  She has been awarded the Defense Department's highest honor for civilians and, three times, the State Department's Superior Honor Award. She has a B.A. from Georgetown University and a masters and doctorate from Oxford University.

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