Virtual Discussion on the Future of U.S.-China Energy: From Fossil Fuels to Renewables

Tuesday, January 18, 2022
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (UTC-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)


The China Center is delighted to invite members to join us for a virtual briefing and discussion on the future of U.S.-China energy cooperation with Mikkal Herberg, Research Director at The National Bureau of Asian Research, Erica Downs, Senior Research Scholar at the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University SIPA, and Jennifer Turner, Director of the Wilson Center's China Environment Forum. The panel will share their insights into the current state and future of U.S.-China cooperation and competition in oil, natural gas, and renewables. 


Mikkal Herberg is the Research Director for the Energy Security Program at The National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR), a Senior Lecturer on the political economy of international energy at the School for Global Policy and Strategy at the University of California San Diego and an Honorary Research Fellow at the Centre for Energy and Petroleum Mineral Law and Policy at the University of Dundee, Scotland. Previously, he spend 20 years in the oil industry in strategic planning roles for ARCO (acquired by BP), where he was Director for Global Energy and Economics, responsible for worldwide energy, economic, and political analysis. He speaks regularly to international energy industry and policy-making audiences and has testified numerous times in the U.S. Congress on global and Asian energy issues. He writes extensively on Asia and global energy issues.

Dr. Erica Downs is a Senior Research Scholar at the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University SIPA, focusing on Chinese energy markets and geopolitics. She previously worked as a senior research scientist in the China Studies program of the CNA Corporation, a senior analyst in the Asia practice at Eurasia Group, a fellow in the John L. Thornton China Center at the Brookings Institution, an energy analyst at the Central Intelligence Agency, and a lecturer at the Foreign Affairs College in Beijing, China. She holds a Ph.D. and an M.A. from Princeton University and a B.S. from Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. Dr. Downs is also a non-resident senior research scientist at the CNA Corporation and an honorary research fellow at the Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy at the University of Dundee, among other distinguished roles.

Jennifer Turner is the director of the China Environment Forum at the Woodrow Wilson Center, where she has held this role for 18 years, creating meetings, exchanges and publications focusing on a variety of energy and environmental challenges facing China, particularly on water, energy and green civil society issues. She leads the Wilson Center's Global Choke Point Initiative, which together with Circle of Blue, has produced multimedia reports, films, and convening on water-energy-food confrontations in China, India, Mexico, South Africa, and the United States. Other major initiatives include: Cooperative Competitors: Building U.S.-China Clean Energy Partnerships and From Farm to Chopsticks: Food Safety Challenges in China, among others. Jennifer also serves as editor of the Wilson Center's Journal, the China Environment Series and most recently coauthored China's Water-Energy-Food Roadmap.


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