Energy provides the life blood of modern economies, and the geopolitics of energy often dominates the headlines in international relations and world financial markets. Access to energy is a source of wealth and a source of global competition as wars and conflicts have been waged throughout history to secure or deny access to energy. Recently, the U.S. has re-emerged as an energy superpower due in part to abundant supplies of ‘shale’ oil and gas due to ‘fracking’. But how will the U.S. use its power and navigate the challenges of a changing world order, the onset of climate change and the rise of China? Using PowerPoint, lecture, and discussion, this seminar will focus on principles of energy security, provide an overview of emerging threats and challenges, analyze the potential for green technologies to enable a more sustainable energy future, and evaluate the U.S. role in the geopolitical energy landscape.
Tom Cutler ’73 has been in the field of international energy for 45 years. He joined the U.S. Department of Energy when it was first established in 1977 and was Director for European and Asia Pacific Affairs at DOE when he retired in July 2013. He served as Chairman of NATO’s Petroleum Planning Committee from 1983-1987. Cutler has numerous publications to his credit, including a book entitled The Military Demand for Oil. He received a number of DOE awards as well as the NATO Outstanding Service Award. He is currently President of Cutler International LLC as an independent consultant and has a Master’s Degree in International Affairs from the George Washington University.
J. William (Bill) Ichord has 38+ years of business, association, and government experience, 25+ at executive levels in the energy industry with ConocoPhillips, Sempra, and Unocal, with projects focused in the U.S. and throughout Asia. Previously, he held senior positions with the American Chemistry Council and for 10 years in legal positions at the U.S. Senate and as an Environmental Specialist at the U.S. Department of Energy. He assists clients through his firm, International Business Advisory, and is an accomplished classical musician, playing trumpet and flugelhorn. Mr. Ichord holds a BA in Political Science and Environmental Studies (Phi Beta Kappa) from Denison University and a JD from Washington University.