Meghan L. O'Sullivan On Energy Independence, Global Politics And America

May 3, 2019

This Reader's Corner interview was originally broadcast in November, 2018.

Energy has been a driver of some of the most important events from the last century. From World War I onward, oil has been key factor in the economies and foreign policies of every major player on the global stage. But with rapid technological developments and the unconventional oil boom, that power is shifting.


In her book, now out in paperback, Windfall: How the Energy Abundance Upends Global Politics and Strengthens America’s Power, Meghan L. O’Sullivan pulls back the curtain on our changing energy markets. From the new energy abundance spurred, in part, by the development of American shale oil, climate change legislation, and fundamental power shifts across Russia, China, and the Middle East, O’Sullivan explains how the United States is the greatest beneficiary of the new energy landscape.

Meghan L. O'Sullivan is a former deputy national security adviser on Iraq and Afghanistan. She is Jeane Kirkpatrick Professor of the Practice of International Affairs, and senior fellow at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. She is also the Director of the Geopolitics of Energy Project, which explores the complex interactions between energy markets and international affairs.