The Foreign Policy Program at Brookings is accepting applications for the Director of the Energy Security and Climate Initiative. The candidate should have expertise in energy security, energy economics and climate policy, as well as a detailed knowledge of U.S. and international energy markets, and expertise in the geopolitics of energy, energy sustainability and/or climate change. Regional expertise in Asia or the Middle East is preferred.
In addition to developing overall strategy and vision for the Initiative and overseeing all research and publications, the incoming Senior Fellow will work with the Vice President and Director of Foreign Policy to deepen ESCI’s work on energy issues and broaden its work to encompass critical topics like sustainable energy access, and international energy and climate governance. The Senior Fellow will also work to establish research links to other disciplines within Brookings, including the fields of economic studies, urban studies, and international development. Additionally, the Director will coordinate and cooperate closely with other scholars in the Foreign Policy Program, especially in the Brookings Centers in Beijing, Delhi, and Doha, and with scholars in other research programs across the Institution who work on the geopolitical dimensions of international energy.
The successful candidate should hold a Ph.D. in a relevant field of study, and have at least ten years of post-doctoral research experience or a minimum of ten years’ highly relevant experience in or out of government. Applicants with advanced degrees but not Ph.Ds. will be considered if they have extensive policy-making and/or technical or diplomatic experience.
Applicants must apply online by January 31, 2015. For more information about the position, and to submit an application, please go to this link. https://www.brookings.edu/about/employment/position/2014/fp14264
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[On the U.S.-Chinese relationship in the U.N. climate negotiations at COP 24] There was a capacity to be a convener, each of us.That’s not available right now.
[On Chinese policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions] It’s not so much that they are concerned about global climate change, although that may be coming. It’s more because they are concerned about building local industries, and especially about cleaning up the air locally and regionally.
[On the U.S.-Chinese relationship in the U.N. climate negotiations at COP 24 and the Paris Agreement "Rulebook"] [There's] a lot of push this year from a number of developing countries to basically re-bifurcate these things. It’s a big fight.