The Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions at Duke University this week released a new publication on energy security, focusing on the United States' relationships with oil-producing nations. For Energy's Sake: Can the United States Help Petroleum Rich Nations Avoid the Resource Curse recommends ways in which the United States can help oil-endowed nations prevent the declines in economic growth and well-being that can result in resource-rich countries. Written by experts in the fields of environment and energy policy, the report includes an examination of 21st century energy geopolitics and the U.S.-China energy and conservation relationship, and also provides in-depth analysis of three oil-rich regions.

The report's recommendations stem from a meeting at the Woodrow Wilson Center in September 2006. Sponsored by the Nicholas Institute, the day-long event brought together participants—the report contributors—to debate energy security issues.