Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has roiled global energy markets, spawning oil and gas price spikes that threaten economic growth and geopolitical stability. Moscow’s war of choice may instigate the most severe energy crisis since the 1970s.
If crises have silver linings, they force a hard re-examination of core national security and energy policies. The Biden administration and EU member states, mugged this winter by tight markets, soaring consumer prices, and President Putin’s aggression, are beginning to rediscover the benefits of energy security, especially ample oil and gas production capacity and infrastructure.
To assist the White House and Congress in their newfound interest in bolstering domestic and international energy security, we suggest the following long-overdue policy changes for Congress and the Executive Branch that would increase the supply and transmission of all forms of energy.
These recommendations would enable the United States to leverage its vast energy resources and technological prowess to protect our economy and become an Arsenal of Energy for allies threatened with authoritarian aggression.
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The U.S. continues to have significant national interests in the Middle East & North Africa directly related to great power competition, despite the Biden admin’s desire to pivot elsewhere. Our report outlines four top vital national security interests and several policy priorities that should guide policymakers.
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