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The Politics of Petroleum
Molly Williamson

EVENT DESCRIPTION: Ms. Williamson will examine key concepts in the controversies surrounding global energy, particularly oil and natural gas. The scope of global energy demand is set to increase as populations grow and emerging economies mature. The "peak oil" debate ranges from global energy scarcity to abundance. The factors that must be considered - and that confound the analysis - are not about geology. Rather, they are the above ground factors of technological developments, social and cultural changing priorities, national policies, and shifts in global economic health. Williamson will also explore the steps necessary to securing the planet's energy future with the concomitant need to be environmentally responsible, energy efficient, and expand the universe of available fuels. 

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Molly Williamson speaks extensively on US foreign policy.  She is a scholar with the Middle East Institute, a consultant, and director on the Boards of the International Executive Service Corps, The American Academy of Diplomacy, and Noble Energy.  A former Foreign Service Officer, Williamson achieved the rank of Career Minister, and served six US presidents.
Williamson has had a unique combination of senior executive policy positions in four Cabinet Departments of the government.  Her postings include:  Senior Foreign Policy Advisor to the US Secretary of Energy, Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Departments of State, Defense, Commerce, US Interim Ambassador to Bahrain, and Chief of Mission and Consul General in Jerusalem during the Madrid Peace Process which culminated in the Oslo Accords.

Williamson, a native of California, has been trained in both Arabic and Hebrew.  She has been awarded two Presidential Service Awards and eighteen awards from the Secretaries of State, Commerce, Defense, and Energy.

Time: 1:00 pm - 2:45 pm
Date: Thursday, March 5, 2015
Location: Barry and Florence Friedberg Auditorium, Boca Raton Campus
Fees: Member advance registration - $20 per event
$50 for any combination of three events
$100 for any combination of eight events
Door price member/non-member - $25

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