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Dinner + Lecture: The Global Politics of Energy Nationalization
The Stanley Kaplan Program in American Foreign Policy will be hosting a 3-course dinner and a lecture by Professor Paasha Mahdavi titled “To Take or Not to Take: The Global Politics of Energy Nationalization” on Wednesday 10/17 at the Faculty House. Reception will begin at 6:15pm, and dinner will begin promptly at 6:30pm.
Professor Paasha Mahdavi is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He also serves as the GFC Fellow for the Council on the Future of Energy at the World Economic Forum. His research interests include political methodology, comparative political economy, and energy and environmental politics, and he is currently working on a book manuscript investigating the politics of state ownership over natural resources.
Lecture: From the infamous nationalization of Mexican oil in 1938 to the creeping expropriation of Congolese cobalt in recent months, state seizure of natural resources has upended the global energy order time and time again. For host nations, control over these lucrative resources offers vast financial and economic rewards. But it also entails deep political risks, ranging from targeted sanctions to international boycotts to outright regime change. Given these perils, why do some leaders nationalize extractive resources while others leave production in the hands of private firms? This lecture examines new perspectives on the politics of nationalization and its impacts on the broader dynamics of international energy security.