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Energy Diplomacy

Energy Diplomacy

Program overview

Energy Diplomacy is a comprehensive course designed to critically examine the interplay between energy, international relations, and the emerging challenges in cybersecurity and irregular warfare within the energy sector. This course aims to provide students with a deep understanding of global energy dynamics, how they influence diplomacy and geopolitics, and the modern challenges posed by the digitalization of energy infrastructure and the transition to sustainable energy sources.






3 Days

Program Start

May 12, 2024

Program End

May 14, 2024

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the Complexities of Global Energy Markets: Gain a comprehensive understanding of the dynamics of global energy markets, including the roles of key players and the impact of market force.

  • Analyze Energy Policies and Trade Dynamics: Develop the ability to analyze energy policies and understand their implications for international trade and global economics.

  • Formulate and Evaluate Energy Security Strategies: Learn to formulate comprehensive energy security strategies and critically evaluate their effectiveness in various geopolitical contexts.

  • Assess and Address Environmental Impacts of Energy Use: Understand the environmental impacts of different energy sources and assess the sustainability of various energy policies.

  • Navigate Geopolitical Conflicts Involving Energy Resources: Develop the skills to analyze and navigate complex geopolitical conflicts that involve energy resources.

  • Conduct Energy Intelligence Gathering and Analysis: Acquire the ability to gather and analyze energy intelligence, including understanding the significance of irregular energy warfare and cybersecurity threats.

  • Apply Risk and Vulnerability Assessment Techniques in Energy Sector: Learn to apply risk and vulnerability assessment techniques specifically to the energy sector and understand how to mitigate these risks.

Who Should Attend?

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Professionals interested in the intersection of energy, diplomacy and international politics

This course is intended for participants who are interested in learning about the intersection of energy, diplomacy, and international politics. It is suitable for learners from a variety of disciplines and work experience.

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Proficiency of written and spoken English

The program will be delivered in English. Applicants should be proficient in written and spoken English.



Dr. Sara Vakhshouri

Dr. Sara Vakhshouri is a globally renowned energy security strategist and humanitarian visionary who founded SVB Energy International, a prominent strategic consulting firm headquartered in Washington, D.C., and Dubai. Additionally, she established SVB Green Access, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting affordable and inclusive energy access programs in regions facing energy poverty challenges and addressing imminent water access issues. With over two decades of experience in the energy industry, Dr. Vakhshouri possesses unparalleled expertise in global energy market studies, energy security strategy, energy transition, national security, and geopolitical risk assessment. She also serves as a Professor of Energy Security and the Head of the Center for Energy Security and Energy Diplomacy at the IWP Graduate School of National Security, Statecraft, and International Affairs. In addition, Dr. Vakhshouri holds the position of Senior Fellow at both the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies and the Canadian Global Affairs Institute. She is a member of the advisory board for the Romanian American Institute for Smart Energy (RAISE) and The National Capital Area Chapter of the United States Association for Energy Economics.

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Business Hours

Sunday - Thursday 

8:00 am - 4:00 pm