In this episode of Emphasis Added, Season 4 hosts Brock Jones and Matt Chelf spoke with University of Houston Law Center Professor Julian Cardenas about the current state of the transnational oil and gas industry, how ‘petropolitics’ continue to shape the global economic and social environment, and energy security in the modern age. Professor Cardenas is an expert on transnational petroleum law, best oil and gas industry practices, and oil and gas geopolitics. He served as a career diplomat at the Venezuelan Ministry of Foreign Affairs for nearly six years and has also been retained as an independent expert on Venezuelan law in international arbitrations regarding upstream and downstream petroleum transactions, direct foreign investments, and international construction projects. Additionally, he has served on the Ad Hoc Administrative Board of Directors for the Venezuelan National Oil Company since 2019, working on overseeing Citgo Petroleum Corporation and other PdVSA assets abroad.
Season 4, Episode 3 Contents:
00:25 – Introduction: Professor Julian Cardenas
03:21 – The Transnational Oil & Gas Industry
17:22 – Petropolitics’ Impact on International Conflicts
28:10 – OPEC+ Impact on Oil & Gas Supply
32:56 – US / Venezuelan Sanctions
46:08 – Mexican Foreign Energy Investment Concerns
52:36 – The Energy Transition and Energy Security
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