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US-China Energy Relations: The Case of Natural Gas

August 27, 2013 - 10:00-11:30


Speaker: Dr. Gaye Christoffersen, Resident Professor of International Politics, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies

The US and China have agreed to establish a new pattern of major power relations, and to make bilateral energy cooperation in natural gas one of the functional areas of the new pattern. This presentation will argue that although shale gas is a new area of US-China energy cooperation, it will follow patterns established over a decades-long history of energy cooperation between the US and China. It will consider several questions: how did these patterns emerge? Were these patterns path dependent, meaning once a pattern was initiated, what was the extent of institutionalization? To what extent were bilateral agreements nested within, or coordinated with, regional East Asian/Asia-Pacific multilateral agreements? It will focus on recent bilateral natural gas dialogues to determine whether they represent something new, change in US-China energy relations including the shift towards a “new pattern of great-power relations”, and to what extent they represent continuity with the past.

To attend, RSVP by August 26, 2013 to Mr. Andreas Mälarstedt at amalarstedt@isdp.eu.

Venue: ISDP, Västra Finnbodavägen 2, Stockholm-Nacka (Map)

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US-China Energy Relations: The Case of Natural Gas


August 27, 2013