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Asia's Uncertain LNG Future

Launch of the 2013 Energy Security Report


Asia's Uncertain LNG Future


Uncertainty in Asia’s LNG Markets: Energy Security Implications


Mikkal E. Herberg
The National Bureau of Asian Research


Shoichi Itoh
Institute of Energy Economics, Japan

Padu S. Padmanaban
Formerly with USAID India

Nikos Tsafos
PFC Energy (an IHS company)

What Role Can North American LNG Play in Asia?


Clara Gillispie
The National Bureau of Asian Research


Mikkal E. Herberg
The National Bureau of Asian Research


James Slutz Global Energy Strategies LLC

Jane Nakano
Center for Strategic and International Studies

NBR launched its 2013 Energy Security Report, "Asia's Uncertain LNG Future," on November 7, 2013, in Washington, D.C.

The event featured panel discussions with senior energy specialists including Mikkal Herberg (NBR), Shoichi Itoh (Institute of Energy Economics, Japan), Jane Nakano (CSIS), Padu S. Padmanaban (formerly with USAID India), James Slutz (Global Energy Strategies LLC), and Nikos Tsafos (PFC Energy - an IHS company).

Participants discussed how and to what extent countries in the Asia-Pacific are integrating liquefied natural gas (LNG) into their energy security strategies and the key geopolitical and market implications for the United States and Asia.

About the 2013 Energy Security Report

Essays in the 2013 Report include:

    The New Geography of Asian LNG
    Nikos Tsafos, PFC Energy - an IHS company

    China’s Coming Decade of Natural Gas?
    Damien Ma, Paulson Institute

    Russian LNG Exports to Asia: Current Status and Future Prospects
    Michael Bradshaw, University of Leicester

    How the Shale Revolution Will Transform U.S. Policy
    Amy Myers Jaffe, University of California-Davis

    Asia's Uncertain LNG Future: Conclusions and Implications for the United States and Asia
    Mikkal Herberg, NBR; University of California-San Diego

About the Speakers

Mikkal E. Herberg is a Senior Lecturer in the Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies at the University of California–San Diego and Research Director of the Energy Security Program at NBR.

Shoichi Itoh is a Manager and Senior Analyst for the Strategy Research Unit at the Institute of Energy Economics, Japan (IEEJ).

Jane Nakano is a Fellow in the Energy and National Security Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).

Padu S. Padmanaban is former Program Director at the South Asia Regional Initiative for Energy and a former Senior Energy Advisor with USAID India.

James Slutz is the President and Managing Director of Global Energy Strategies LLC, which focuses on energy project development, technology commercialization, and strategic energy advisory services.

Nikos Tsafos is Senior Manager for the Global Gas Practice at PFC Energy, a company acquired by IHS in June 2013.


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About NBR'S Energy Security Program

Now in its ninth year, the Energy Security Program convenes top energy and geopolitical experts from industry, research, and policy for an assessment of the developments taking place in Asian energy markets and their implications for geopolitics. To inform and strengthen the public policy dialogue, experts share insights and recommendations through a number of channels, including an invitation-only spring workshop, a public fall launch event, and NBR’s annual Energy Security Report.

Learn more.

The 2012 Energy Security Report launch "Oil and Gas for Asia" featured Under Secretary of State Robert D. Hormats, Congressman Charles W. Boustany Jr., and a panel of experts. Learn more about the report and listen to event audio.

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For more information about the 2013 Energy Security Report, please contact:

Clara Gillispie
Assistant Director of Trade, Economic, and Energy Affairs
(202) 347-9767