Wed, Apr 21 | Zoom Webinar

U.S. Energy Security and Climate Policy

With Amb. Robert Cekuta, moderated by Jeff Thaler

Time & Location

Apr 21, 7:00 PM – 8:15 PM
Zoom Webinar

About The Event

The World Affairs Council of Maine is honoured to welcome Amb. Robert Cekuta for a discussion of U.S. Energy Security and Climate Policy moderated by Jeff Thaler, University of Maine Law School.

About the talk

Since the 1970s, U.S. energy security was defined by the availability of a predictable and affordable fuel supply. Today, changing global realities, new technologies, and the ever-present dangers posed by climate change require new thinking and a re-evaluation of what it means to achieve “energy security.” This talk will consider the range of factors driving U.S. energy policy, including how we evaluate risks, what constitutes a critical resource, and the shifting global demand landscape. It will also question whether unilateral or even bilateral approaches are sufficient to obtain energy security, and the need for Americans, as well as citizens in other countries, to take the need for energy and the role energy plays in our lives into account.

About our speaker

Ambassador toAzerbaijan (2015 - 2018) and now an analyst, writer, and consultant, Bob Cekuta has long and extensive experience as a top-level U.S. diplomat. Deeply engaged in advancing high-profile international energy projects, trade policy initiatives and agreements, commercial sales, and other complex foreign policy and security matters, Amb. Cekuta’s positions in the U.S. Department of State included Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Resources as well as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy, Sanctions, and Commodities. His overseas postings included senior positions in the U.S. Embassies in Germany and Japan where he oversaw the full range of economic, commercial, non-proliferation, and science relations. In addition, he was Deputy Chief of Mission in Albania, and held posts in Kabul, Vienna, Baghdad, Johannesburg, and Sana’a, Yemen. He served as well on the boards of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) and the International Energy Agency (IEA), where he also chaired the IEA’s Standing Group on Long-term Cooperation charged with anticipating global energy developments. Ambassador Cekuta is currently a member of the Advisory Board of the Caspian Policy Center in Washington, D.C. where he also directs work on energy and economic issues.

General Addmission:

$10 - WACM Member tickets (one ticket per device)

$15 - General public tickets (one ticket per device)

Registration is free for Maine students with a valid school e-mail address


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