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POSTPONED – Windfall: A Presentation by Meghan L. O’Sullivan


In her new book “Windfall” (Simon & Schuster 2017), Harvard University professor and former Washington, D.C., policymaker Meghan L. O’Sullivan reveals how fears of energy scarcity have given way to the reality of energy abundance, which is transforming the geopolitical order and strengthening America’s influence. At this event, O’Sullivan will expand on this theme, describing how dramatic changes in the energy sector have profoundly affected the world of international relations and security, changed the structure of markets, and altered the way many countries wield power and influence. She will explore the consequences for domestic stability in Russia, Europe, China and the Middle East, as energy abundance upends traditional partnerships and creates new opportunities for cooperation.


7:30 am — Continental breakfast
8:00 am — Presentation

Featured Speaker

Meghan L. O’Sullivan, Ph.D., is the Jeane Kirkpatrick Professor of the Practice of International Affairs at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. Her areas of expertise include the geopolitics of energy, American foreign policy, decision-making in foreign policy, nation-building and the Middle East. She is also the director of the Belfer Center’s Geopolitics of Energy Project, which explores the complex interaction between energy markets and international politics. Between 2004 and 2007, she was special assistant to President George W. Bush and deputy national security advisor for Iraq and Afghanistan. Prior to this, O’Sullivan was senior director for strategic planning and Southwest Asia for the National Security Council, political advisor to the Coalition Provisional Authority and administrator and deputy director for governance in Baghdad, chief advisor to the presidential envoy to the Northern Ireland peace process and a fellow at the Brookings Institution. She has published several books and articles on American foreign policy, including “Shrewd Sanctions: Statecraft and State Sponsors of Terrorism” (Brookings Institution Press, 2003), and co-edited the volume “Honey and Vinegar: Incentives, Sanctions, and Foreign Policy” (Brookings Institution Press, 2000). O’Sullivan is an adjunct senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and a columnist for Bloomberg View. She is a trustee of both the German Marshall Fund and the Friends of Inter Mediate, a UK-based nonprofit focused on the most complex and dangerous world conflicts. O’Sullivan earned a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University, and a master’s degree in economics and a doctorate in politics from Oxford University.


Fri, Sept. 8, 2017
7:30 a.m. - 9 a.m.
(GMT-0500) US/Central


James A. Baker III Hall
Rice University's Baker Institute – 6100 Main St
Houston, TX 77005

Kelly International Conference Facility