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DAFF 3010A - Geopolitics of Energy

Type d'enseignement : Elective

Semester : Spring 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

The aim of this course is to explain the connections between energy, global markets, and international politics. How much energy do the world's largest economies consume? Do these economies have domestic sources or not? How can governments influence energy supply and demand? We will consider competing interests, ideology and conflict, as well as the role of multinational energy conglomerates and international organizations. We will also examine the impact of the shale gas and tight oil revolutions, as well as the growing importance of renewable energy. Students will learn to analyze energy policies in light of domestic and foreign policy interests; and how to track trends in energy production and consumption, in order to anticipate new patterns and structural shifts in global markets.


MANFREDI FIRMIAN, Federico (Doctorant)

Required reading

Megan O'Sullivan et al. “The Geopolitics of Renewable Energy,” Columbia University Center on New Energy Policy, June 2017.

Additional required reading

  • Karen Elliot House, “Saudi Arabia in Transition,” Harvard Kennedy School Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, July 2017.
  • Council on Foreign Relations Expert Panel, “From Scarcity to Surplus: Geopolitics in the Age of Energy Abundance,” Council on Foreign Relations, September 2017.