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2017 Great Decisions: U.S. Foreign Policy and Petroleum

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U.S. Foreign Policy and Petroleum

September 7th

U.S. Foreign Policy and Petroleum

Jonathan Chanis

What is the effect of U.S. petroleum security on foreign policy? For 45 years, the country has alternated between periods of energy security and insecurity, sometimes able to wield petroleum as a useful instrument of foreign policy, sometimes not. Despite the so-called “energy revolution,” the U.S. today is by no means disentangled from foreign dependence and global trends. In order to be successful, policymakers must recognize both petroleum security circumstances and patterns in the relationship between petroleum and foreign policy.

Speaker: STEER'S Vice President, Chris AshcraftCAshcraft_20150323_steerSTAFF_056_final.jpg

STEER is the South Texas Energy & Economic Roundtable, a place where people and ideas come together to strengthen our communities through the development of oil and natural gas.

Christopher Ashcraft
Vice President

Chris Ashcraft, Vice President, STEER

Christopher Ashcraft

As Vice President of STEER, Christopher Ashcraft plays an instrumental role in ensuring collaboration, advancement and support of the various stakeholders impacted by and involved in the development of the Eagle Ford Shale region.

Ashcraft is an experienced industry professional with unique insights across various facets of the industry and the South Texas region. Prior to joining STEER, Ashcraft served as the Alternative Energy Transportation Manager with the Alamo Area Council of Governments. There, he founded the South Central Texas Natural Gas Vehicle Consortium and managed the Alamo Area Clean Cities Coalition, a coalition with the mission to replace the consumption of foreign oil with domestic fuel for American Energy security. He has also held the position of San Antonio Clean Cities Coordinator, where he worked to develop public and private partnerships that promote the national Clean Cities initiatives aimed at securing national economic, environmental, and energy security.

Ashcraft has provided environmental, alternative energy and agricultural analysis to the federal government and numerous state and local organizations. While employed by the United States Environmental Protection Agency, he assisted with issues related to agriculture, rural communities, and alternative energy.

Ashcraft holds a Bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Maine with a minor in military science and leadership development. Upon graduation Christopher Ashcraft received a Commission as an Officer in the United States Army where he completed his military service obligations with an honorable discharge.

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