Asan Plenum

Session: Session 1
Date/Time: April 28, 2015 / 12:30-13:45

J. James Kim, The Asan Institute for Policy Studies

Philip Andrews-Speed, National University of Singapore
Chen Weidong, China National Offshore Oil Corporation
Edward Chow, Center for Strategic and International Studies
Mikkal Herberg, National Bureau of Asian Research


Panel Description

The pursuit of energy independence has been a defining feature of American foreign and security policy over the past half century. That quest may have finally come to an end. New advances in horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing have resulted in the “shale revolution” making the U.S. the world’s largest energy-producing country and soon the largest oil-producer. It is also proving to be a powerful tool in U.S. dealings with oil-exporting states such as Iran and Russia. With the U.S. expected to become energy self-sufficient in less than a decade, what does this revolution in the geopolitics of energy hold in store for America’s role in international affairs?