Amy Myers Jaffe

Amy Myers Jaffe

Amy Myers Jaffe is the Executive Director for Energy and Sustainability at the University of California, Davis, with affiliation at the Graduate School of Management and the Institute of Transportation Studies.

Twitter, Millennials and Accountability in the Gulf and Beyond

The ins and outs of futball staffing in the oil-rich Gulf would seem at first glance to be a subject too esoteric to watch from the oil industry but writer James Dorsey’s recent comments on the fan-driven removal of royal family member Prince Nawaf Bin Feisal, former head of the Saudi Football Federation, are worth […]  More »

Foreign Policy Considerations Should Be Central To U.S. Oil And Gas Export Discussion

Foreign policy considerations should be central to the discussion of U.S. oil and natural gas export policy. Barriers to energy trade and investment between major oil and gas rich regions and consuming countries can harm the global economy, leave the U.S. and its allies subject to energy blackmail, and create artificial shortages of vital energy […]  More »

Foreign Policy Considerations Need to Be Central in Debate on US Energy Exports

Foreign policy considerations should be central to the discussion of U.S. oil and natural gas export policy. Barriers to energy trade and investment between major oil and gas rich regions and consuming countries can harm the global economy, leave the U.S. and its allies subject to energy blackmail, and create artificial shortages of vital energy […]  More »

Lessons from the Boston Marathon Attack: Rule of Law is No Conspiracy

As the media swirls with speculation about the motivations of alleged Boston Marathon Bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev, I am struck by how much the discussion misses a relevant ponit for those striving for political reform in the Middle East. The more important lesson of the Boston Marathon attack and subsequent operation to capture the alleged bombers […]  More »

Lessons from the Boston Marathon Attack: Rule of Law is No Conspiracy

As the media swirls with speculation about the motivations of alleged Boston Marathon Bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev, I am struck by how much the discussion misses a relevant point for those striving for political reform in the Middle East. The more important lesson of the Boston Marathon attack and subsequent operation to capture the alleged bombers […]  More »

Don’t Like How Big Oil Invests? Blame Wall Street

Wall Street is unhappy with the performance of ExxonMobil’s share price. In the race of Big Oil share prices, Chevron is clearly winning. The discussion of relative share price performance is recently focusing on two things that distinguish the two oil giants. Unlike ExxonMobil, Chevron opted to stay out of Iraq and hasn’t yet purchased […]  More »

Jaffe: OPEC starts to react to US shale boom with new strategy

The first signs are emerging that key Persian Gulf members of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) are adjusting their strategies to cope with the growing threat that North American shale oil is making to their long-term dominance in global energy markets.  More »

US Oil and Gas Exports and National Power

Earlier this month, the US Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources held a hearing on US natural gas exports. Republicans championing exports say LNG exports will create jobs and raise revenue for the federal government. Democrats worry that exports will undercut the resurgence in US manufacturing. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore) led the charge arguing […]  More »

Commentary: Is Venezuela turmoil good for oil sector?

Chávez extracted high rents from oil companies, investment in the sector has fallen and production in the oil-rich Orinoco Belt has stagnated. A government shakeup could bring positive change.  More »

National Oceans Policy Is About Streamlining

This blog was written by Dr. Amber Mace,  Associate Director, Policy Institute for Energy, Environment & The Economy, University of California, Davis. Prior to joining UC Davis, Dr. Mace served as assistant secretary for coastal matters at the California Natural Resources Agency. Soon President Obama will release his final National Ocean Policy Implementation Plan. With […]  More »

Saudi Shifts Governor of Eastern Province

The Saudi royal family has long been noted for its practical resilience and the recent replacement of the long-standing governor of the East Province, Prince Muhammad Bin Fahd, is a case in point. The change in governors came in the aftermath of a renewed wave of protests set in motion by the shooting of an […]  More »

Opinion: Oil’s divisive influence in Iraq

It has long been speculated that oil can be a driver for civil conflict, and one needs to look no further for evidence than the sectarian power politics that is threatening the possible devolution of the Iraqi state.  More »
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