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"Petroleum: Prospects and Politics"

May 18 & 19, 2007

The University of Chicago hosted a symposium on oil for students, faculty, the general public, and the press in May 2007.  Topics addressed included:

  • Global petroleum and energy markets
  • Alternative energy sources
  • International diplomacy and natural resources
  • United States domestic energy policy
  • The science and engineering of oil production
  • Democracy, governance, and war in oil exporting countries

Transcripts for all sessions are available on the conference website.

Sponsored by the Chicago Society. Co-sponsored by the Student Government of the University of Chicago, The Graduate School of Business at the University of Chicago, The George J. Stigler Center for the Study of the Economy and the State, The Global Voices Fund at International House, The Norman Wait Harris Fund at the Center for International Studies, The College of the University of Chicago, The Office of Community Affairs at the University of Chicago, and The Irving B. Harris Graduate School of Public Policy Studies.

Session 1:

Introduction: Robert Zimmer, President, University of Chicago

"United States Government Perspective on Global Energy Security:" The Honorable Alan S. Hegburg, U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Energy for International Energy Policy

Session 2: “Securing the International Oil Supply”

David Goldwyn, President of Goldwyn International Strategies LLC; Senior Fellow in the Energy Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies; former Assistant Secretary of Energy for International Affairs;

Scott Nauman, Manager of Economics and Energy in Corporate Planning for ExxonMobil Corporation;

Michael Klare, Five College Professor of Peace and World Security Studies

Moderated by Roger Myerson, The William C. Norby Professor in Economics at the University of Chicago

Session 3: “United States Energy Policy and Oil Alternatives”

James Bartis, Senior Policy Researcher at RAND Corporation; former Vice President, Science Applications International Corporation; Cofounder, Eos Technologies

Roger H. Bezdek, President of Management Information Services, Inc.; former Special Advisor on Energy in the Office of the Secretary of the Treasury

Vito A. Stagliano, Director of Research at the National Commission on Energy Policy; former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Energy for Policy

Session 4: Petroleum Technology Presentation

Brian C. Gahan, Energy Consultant; Chair of the Chicago Section of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers; former Senior Scientist and Manager of E&P Technology Development at the Gas Technology Institute

Session 5: “Democracy, Governance, and War in Oil Exporting Nations”

Terry Lynn Karl, William and Gretchen Kimball University Fellow and Gildred Professor of Political Science at Stanford University

Miriam R. Lowi, Visiting Research Scholar at Princeton’s Institute for the Transregional Study of the Contemporary Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia; Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science of The College of New Jersey

Kevin K. Tsui, Assistant Professor of Economics at Clemson University

Session 6: "Venezuelan Government Perspective on the Future of Petroleum"

His Excellency Bernardo Alvarez Herrera, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to the U.S.