Regional energy cooperation in East Asia

Seoul.July2014.1_514936208Philip was in Seoul for NBR’s Pacific Energy Summit and for an Asan Energy Workshop

Philip attended the National Bureau of Asian Research’s annual Pacific Energy Summit in Seoul, 30th June – 1st July 2014, entitled “Charting the Course to a Secure and Cleaner Energy Future”. This was attended by about 200 participants from governments, companies, think tanks and universities, mainly from the Pacific region. Philip spoke on panel addressing regional energy cooperation. In a five minute contribution he emphasized that desire is not a sufficient condition for effective cooperation; need, trust and commitment are also important conditions, and timing has to be right as well.

The next day he took part in a much smaller workshop organized by the Asan Institute for Policy Studies entitled “Towards a framework for energy cooperation in Northeast Asia: challenges and opportunities”. There he gave a presentation on “Energy cooperation in Northeast Asia: a regional public goods approach”.

The presentation can be downloaded here.

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