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Energy Security in the Asia-Pacific Region: Current Trends and Future Developments

Global economic growth over the past two decades has been dominated by developing Asian economies. China in particular, with its massive population and double-digit economic growth rates, has been a bellwether for energy markets. Over the next few decades, continued growth in China — coupled with growth in southeast Asian economies and the emergence of India — stands to push a collective Asian population of close to 3 billion people toward higher standards of living. The resulting implications for global energy prices, patterns of trade and geopolitical relationships have the potential to be profound.

The Baker Institute Center for Energy Studies and the Institute for Energy Economics, Japan hosted a discussion on the shifting patterns of energy use in Asia and the consequences for global energy markets. Speakers focused on regional economic development and associated energy demands, deepening liquidity of energy commodity markets, growing international efforts to address greenhouse gas emissions, country-specific internal pressures to address local air pollution and the evolution of regional geopolitical relationships. Taken together, the presentations addressed a series of issues that will be vital to informing a view of future Asian – and global – energy market balance.

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8:00 am



Registration and continental breakfast

8:30 am



Opening Address

"The Grand Energy Challenge" (Click here to view slides of the presentation)
Kenneth B. Medlock III, Ph.D.
James A. Baker, III, and Susan G. Baker Fellow in Energy and Resource Economics and Senior Director, Center for Energy Studies, Baker Institute

9:30 am



9:45 am     


"The Role of Nuclear Energy in the Asia Pacific Region" (Click here to view slides of the presentation)
Ken Koyama, Ph.D.

Chief Economist and Managing Director, Institute for Energy Economics, Japan

"Climate Change and Economic Growth in Asia: What are realistic goals?" (Click here to view slides of the presentation)
Yukari Yamashita

Director, Energy Data and Modelling Center, and Board Member, Institute for Energy Economics, Japan

"Carter Doctrine 3.0? Military Protection of Gulf Oil & Gas Supplies" (Click here to view slides of the presentation)
Gabriel Collins, J.D.

Baker Botts Fellow in Energy & Environmental Regulatory Affairs, Baker Institute

Jim Krane, Ph.D.
Wallace S. Wilson Fellow for Energy Studies, Baker Institute

11:30 am     Adjourn




Thu, March 16, 2017
8 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
(GMT-0500) US/Central

Event has ended


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