Geopolitics of Natural Gas in the Western Hemisphere

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The University of Texas’ The Archer Center
1750 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, D.C.
United States

The United States’ resurgence as a major oil and gas producer has been well-documented. More importantly, arguments abound that exportation of natural gas from the US, particularly in the form of liquefied natural gas (LNG), should be used to alter the energy geopolitics of the Western Hemisphere. Over forty years since the Arab oil embargo, the US is again at an historical energy moment with important foreign policy implications. But intense debate has arisen over the best course for the new US energy future and particularly the role for exports of natural gas. At the same time, the geopolitical elements have only become more critical especially in our own hemisphere.

Join the Institute of the Americas and the Latin America and Caribbean Program at the University of Texas at Austin for a discussion on how the U.S. energy revolution and natural gas can be most effectively utilized to increase diplomacy and support economic development across the Western Hemisphere. Panelists will also analyze where the export question, as well as social and environmental concerns, fit into the broader debate on the U.S. shale revolution.


  • David Goldwyn, President, Goldwyn Global Strategies
  • Jeremy M. Martin, Energy Program Director, Institute of the Americas
  • Majida Mourad, Vice President, Government Relations Cheniere, Energy, Inc
  • Neil Parsan, Ambassador of the Republic of Trinidad & Tobago to the United States of America and Mexico
  • Jorge R. Piñon, Interim Director, The University of Texas at Austin Center for International Energy and Environmental Policy
  • Christopher Smith, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Richard Westerdale, Director for Policy Analysis and Public Diplomacy, U.S. Department of State



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