Amy Myers Jaffe is a leading expert on global energy policy, geopolitical risk, and energy and sustainability. Jaffe serves as executive director for Energy and Sustainability at University of California, Davis with a joint appointment to the Graduate School of Management and Institute of Transportation Studies (ITS). Prior to joining UC Davis, Jaffe served as founding director of the Energy Forum at Rice University's James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy. Jaffe is widely published, including as co-author of  “Oil, Dollars, Debt and Crises: The Global Curse of Black Gold” with Mahmoud El-Gamal and co-editor of “Natural Gas and Geopolitics From 1970 to 2040.” She currently serves as a member of the US National Petroleum Council, an advisory board member of GE Ecoimagination, and chair of the Global Agenda Council on the Future of Oil and Gas with the World Economic Forum (Davos).

Project Summary

The US shale revolution has brought about dramatic shifts in global oil and gas markets, with significant geopolitical consequences. The United States currently has a unique opportunity to use its advantageous energy position to enhance its global leadership role. This study will examine the changing geopolitics of energy and its implications for US foreign policy.

Major Publications

Oil, Dollars, Debt and Crises, The Global Curse of Black Gold

The Global Gas Market, LNG Exports and the Shifting US Geopolitical Presence

The End of OPEC

Previous Terms

February 2, 2012 Fellow for Energy Studies, James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy Studies, Rice University