January 31, 2008
Energy Security: Perceptions and Policy Choices
Felix Chang, an associate scholar at the Foreign Policy Research Institute, discussed three differing perceptions of "energy security" that, according to him, are rooted in divergent world views and often lead to divergent policy priorities. Specifically, he emphasized power, economics and environment as three major motivations that usually stand behind countries’ aspirations to achieve energy security. Chang argued that in order to advance the national and global energy security agenda, policymakers, citizens and countries need to achieve basic consensus and find a way to reconcile the differences between these three policy motivations.
In addition to being an associate scholar at the Foreign Policy Research Institute, Mr. Chang is the entrepreneur-in-residence at CVP Ventures, a venture capital firm focused on the energy, healthcare, and media industries. He was previously a consultant in Booz Allen Hamilton’s Organization and Strategy practice, where his clients included the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. He has also served as a senior planner and an intelligence officer in the U.S. Department of Defense and a business adviser at Mobil Oil Corporation, where he dealt with strategic planning for upstream and midstream investments throughout Asia and Africa.
This presentation was part of the Strauss Center’s Energy and Environment Speaker Series, which features leading experts on energy production and climate change.