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Holly Morrow

Former Fellow, The Geopolitics of Energy Project



Holly Morrow has expertise on Asia and energy issues from both the private and public sector. As former senior adviser for the Asia Pacific at ExxonMobil, she was responsible for analysis and strategy for the company on Asian political and economic affairs. Morrow served in a number of policy roles in the US government, including National Security Council Director for Southeast Asia, the Vice President's Special Advisor for Asia, and China Desk Officer and Analyst in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research at the US State Department. She received her MA from Harvard University and her BA from Georgetown University.



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October 2014

"Unconventional Gas: Lessons Learned from Around the World"

Discussion Paper

By Holly Morrow, Former Fellow, The Geopolitics of Energy Project

The shale gas revolution has changed the landscape of American energy – transforming the US from a country that was building billion-dollar terminals along its coasts to import liquefied natural gas (LNG) from countries like Qatar, to one that is reconfiguring those facilities to ex­port American natural gas as LNG around the world. Production of gas from shale has soared 1,200% over the past decade. In 2000, it accounted for only 1% of US natural gas production; by 2012, it was 39%. Many people in the American oil and gas industry will tell you that the unconventional boom is the most dramatic energy story they have witnessed in their careers. It has not only transformed the US energy picture, it has also encouraged a different perspective about the global supply picture.



AP Images

August 4, 2014

"It's Not About the Oil--It's About the Tiny Rocks"

Op-Ed, Foreign Policy

By Holly Morrow, Former Fellow, The Geopolitics of Energy Project

As China jousts with Japan, Vietnam, the Philippines, and other neighbors over contested maritime territory, the conventional wisdom is that energy concerns are a motivating force. China claims virtually the entire South China Sea -- a claim disputed by its neighbors (most notably Vietnam and the Philippines) -- and there have been an increasing number of conflicts in recent years over who has the right to exploit the energy resources under the seabed in disputed waters.



Photo by Martha Stewart

May 16, 2014

"America's Unconventional Energy Boom and How It Is Changing the Way the World Works"

Event Report

By Meghan L. O'Sullivan, Jeane Kirkpatrick Professor of the Practice of International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School and Holly Morrow, Former Fellow, The Geopolitics of Energy Project

Geopolitics of Energy Director Meghan O’Sullivan joined Geopolitics of Energy Fellow Holly Morrow for an IDEASpHERE event titled “America’s Unconventional Energy Boom and How It Is Changing the Way the World Works.”

Events Calendar

We host a busy schedule of events throughout the fall, winter and spring. Past guests include: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, former Vice President Al Gore, and former Soviet Union President Mikhail Gorbachev.