The second background report in the New Energy, New Geopolitics series, this report evaluates the geopolitical and national security impacts of the dramatic increase in the production of shale gas and light tight oil in the United States. It examines how the unconventional energy trend has already impacted U.S. national security and geopolitics and then posits several possible energy futures that could emerge from the unconventional revolution. This report pairs with the original New Energy, New Geopolitics report and two other background reports, all available from Rowman & Littlefield: New Energy, New Geopolitics: Balancing Stability and Leverage New Energy, New Geopolitics: Background Report 1: Energy Impacts New Energy, New Geopolitics: Background Report 3: Scenarios, Strategies, and Pathways
Sarah O. Ladislaw is senior fellow and director of the Energy and National Security Program at CSIS. Maren Leed is senior adviser with the Harold Brown Chair in Defense Policy Studies at CSIS. Molly A. Walton is a research associate with the Energy and National Security Program at CSIS.