Summary of Energy Stability or a False Sense of Security?

How Changes in Geopolitics, Political Economy, and Markets Alter the Energy Landscape

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Energy Stability or a False Sense of Security? summary
Unconventional resources, geopolitical tensions and falling demand prove that the only constant in energy markets is change.


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The Brookings Institution convened a group of world-class experts in March 2015 to assess current global energy markets. Their judgments rest on the old truism that the only constant is change. The sweeping development of shale resources adds supply to a market in which overall demand is declining, and geopolitical tensions threaten energy and social stability. Due to the growth of alternative energy sources, stricter ecological controls and shifting power plays, the long-term outlook is as uncertain as it has ever been. Though this authoritative report raises more questions than answers, getAbstract recommends it to anyone interested in global energy’s big picture.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What trends are likely to shape the future of the energy industry,
  • How political unrest and other tensions are thwarting efforts to adapt to these trends, and
  • How some countries are making progress on the energy front.


Growth in shale oil and gas production, a mutable political picture in the Middle East, and declining energy demand coupled with falling oil prices are roiling global energy markets. Demand has moderated in crucial economies such as China’s since the 2008 crisis. Meanwhile, “global inventories of crude...
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The Brookings Doha Energy Forum convenes annually to assess trends and risks in the energy industry.

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