Energy Security Publications

Promoting a Global Energy System for U.S. Security

Jul 09, 2015
A surge in oil and gas production in the United States signals a new era of energy security. But the United States will not achieve an energy independence unrelated to other parts of the world because world energy markets today are inextricably interconnected. The United States should instead lead development of a new Global Energy Security System to spread energy development, make energy markets more responsive and efficient, and protect energy transport.

Pakistan's Interminable Energy Crisis: Is There Any Way Out?

Jun 29, 2015
Pakistan is convulsed by power shortages that at times have approached 50 percent of total energy demand. And yet the country's energy problems are arguably rooted more in shortages of governance than of pure supply. This new publication offers a series of recommendations to ease one of Pakistan's most serious and intractable challenges.

Water Scarcity Could Deter Energy Developers From Crossing Border Into Northern Mexico

Jun 23, 2015
Proposed oil and gas development zones in Coahuila are among the driest in the Americas. In collaboration with Circle of Blue, the Mexico Institute is working to address the future of energy and water scarcity along the U.S.-Mexico Border.

Renewable Energy in Mexico's Northern Border Region

Apr 28, 2015
Heavy reliance on fossil fuels is a common theme across the Mexican Northern Border States with the notable exception of Baja California. Mexico’s recent Energy Reform marked a big change in terms of investment and opportunities in oil and gas. However, the comprehensive package of legislation was also aimed to incentivize and accelerate the change towards the production of goods and services based on renewable energies. Mexico has great potential to develop a wide range of renewable energies including solar energy, hydroelectric, geothermal, bioenergy, and wind energy.

Kennan Cable No.6: Peace and Energy in Ukraine… and Russia

Mar 12, 2015
Jan H. Kalicki analyzes the central role energy plays in the crisis in Ukraine, and the role it will continue to play for both Ukraine and Russia.

A Global Choke Point Report: China's Water-Energy-Food Roadmap

Feb 18, 2015
The water-energy-food choke point is forcing a new reckoning. Three colliding trends—declining freshwater reserves, booming energy demand, and uncertain grain supplies—are disrupting economies, governments, and environments around the world. As the world’s most populous country and biggest energy consumer, China’s energy, food, and environmental security is threatened as it hits these choke points. How Chinese policymakers deal with these water-energy-food confrontations will have significant domestic and global consequences.

Regional and Global Energy Series

Jan 27, 2015
The Wilson Center's new Regional and Global Energy Series addresses the growing debate on international energy issues in their security, political, economic, and environmental dimensions.

Addressing the Concerns of the Oil Industry: Security Challenges in Northeastern Mexico and Government Responses

Jan 06, 2015
The December 2013 Constitutional Reform and August 2014 secondary legislation to permit private investment in Mexico’s oil and gas sector represents significant opportunities for private oil and gas companies. While overall geopolitical risk landscape in Mexico is low, cartel-related violence and other criminal activities continue to draw concern from international oil companies and other foreign investors. This paper analyzes the Mexican Government’s response to recent threats to and attacks against energy infrastructure and personnel in Tamaulipas and Veracruz.

Integrating North America's Energy Markets: A Call for Action

Dec 16, 2014
The outlook for North American energy is bright, and the transformation in the regional energy paradigm has been dramatic. However, to achieve the full potential of this newly discovered regional energy wealth, it will be necessary to more fully integrate the three countries' energy markets. This paper argues that, in order to make North American energy independence a reality, there are several main areas that require attention from the three governments, working together, to make the transition to an integrated North American energy system.

India Energy: The Struggle for Power

Dec 03, 2014
Much has been said in recent years about India’s rising global clout. Considerably less has been said about India and a different type of power: The kind that electrifies households, fires up factories, lights up buildings—and, overall, sustains nations and their economies. On this count, India faces great challenges. Written by Raymond E. Vickery, a foremost expert on India’s energy situation, this new volume explains India’s chief energy challenges and considers what policies India might pursue to promote greater energy security.