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Natural Resource Extraction: Where Are We Heading?

Americas Society / Council of the Americas

February 5, 2013


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The Western Hemisphere is rich in natural resources, and the current bonanza in exploitation and extraction suggests economic promise for the Americas for decades to come. The rise of emerging economies as both consumers and suppliers of natural resources and the potential of the United States becoming a net energy exporter is shifting the geopolitical balance, fanning resource nationalism and, in some cases, social conflict between communities, businesses, and governments. What will these changes mean for global politics and the stability of prices and supply?

Join us for a public discussion on the subject, where we will launch Americas Quarterly’s Winter 2013 issue on natural resource extraction. Chatham House’s Bernice Lee will discuss her AQ article on how resources are recasting geopolitics as well as her recently released analysis Resources Futures on the long-term outlook for resources. Rich Engel of the National Intelligence Council (NIC) will provide perspectives on how the United States views these changes. He will also speak about the NIC’s Global Trends 2030 report. AS/COA’s Christopher Sabatini will moderate the debate and take questions from the audience.


  • Bernice Lee, Research Director of Energy, Environment and Resource Governance, Chatham House (United Kingdom)
  • Rich Engel, Director of the Environment and Natural Resources, National Intelligence Council (United States)
  • Christopher Sabatini, Editor-in-Chief, Americas Quarterly; Senior Director of Policy, Americas Society/Council of the Americas (moderator)

Registration Fee: This event is complimentary for all registrants. Prior registration is required.

Copies of the Winter 2013 Americas Quarterly issue will be available for purchase.

Event Information: Contact Ryan Berger at or 212-277-8393.
Press: Contact Adriana La Rotta at or 212-277-8384.
Cancellation: Contact Juan Serrano-Badrena at, before 3:00 p.m. on Monday, February 4, 2013.