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Sunday March 6th, 2016

This year, TEC explored The Geopolitics of Energy: International Politics in a Shifting Energy Landscape, with discussion centering on how energy developments at the global, regional, and national levels are shaping international politics and security. The event sought to answer the question: How is the relationship between energy markets and international politics likely to evolve in a highly uncertain geopolitical landscape?

TEC 2016 also featured the first-ever Tufts Energy Conference Energy Policy Challenge. To showcase student research and generate thoughtful proposals for new energy policies, the challenge sought memo-style policy papers on a variety of topics that aligned with the 2016 conference theme: The Geopolitics of Energy.

Keynote Speaker

Meghan L. O'Sullivan, Professor of Practice, Harvard Kennedy School

Meghan L. O’Sullivan is the Jeane Kirkpatrick Professor of the Practice of International Affairs and Director of the Geopolitics of Energy Project at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.  She is working on a book about the foreign policy implications of the new energy abundance, which will be published by Simon & Shuster in 2016.  In 2013, she served as the vice chair of the All Party Talks in Northern Ireland, which sought to resolve on-going obstacles to peace.  Between 2004 and 2007, she was special assistant to President George W. Bush and Deputy National Security Advisor for Iraq and Afghanistan during the last two years of her tenure. There, she helped run the 2006 strategic policy review on Iraq which led to the “surge” strategy. She spent two years in Iraq from 2003-2008. Dr. O’Sullivan is a columnist for Bloomberg View, an advisor to energy companies, and an adjunct senior fellow at the Council of Foreign Relations. She is a trustee of the German Marshall Fund, on the Executive Committee of The Trilateral Commission, and a member of the board of The Mission Continues, a non-profit organization to help veterans.  She is also a member of the Aspen Strategy Group and on the advisory committee for the Women’s Initiative at the George W. Bush Institute.  She has been awarded the Defense Department's highest honor for civilians and, three times, the State Department's Superior Honor Award. She has a B.A. from Georgetown University and a masters and doctorate from Oxford University. 



Chair Lynn Massengill
Content Laura Mansfield (Director), Nursultan Eldosov, Maggie Kellogg, Lily Buechler, Tarun Gopalakrishnan, Ginette Walls, Jingyi Liu, Yao Wu, Chengcheng Dong, Diwakar Jhurani, Scott Simpson, Chris Shinopoulos, Amy Kao
Sponsorship Alex Kostura (Co-Director), Cory Felder (Co-Director)
Showcase & Competition Anthony D'Angelo, (Director),Isaac Mudge
Operations Ying Wang (Director), Gerald Kim, Alyson Pittman
Marketing  Ali Schmidt-Fellner (Director), Jennifer Brown