NEWPORT, R.I. – Author and journalist William Sweet will explore the shifting contours of energy supplies and U.S. foreign policy when he presents a free, public lecture on Wednesday, April 4 at 6:30 p.m. at Salve Regina University.
Part of the 2012 Great Decision Lecture Series presented by the university’s Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy and the Newport Council for International Visitors, Sweet’s talk will be given in Bazasky Lecture Hall, located in the O’Hare Academic Center on Ochre Point Avenue.
Free and open to the public, those interested in attending are asked to RSVP by April 3 to firstname.lastname@example.org or 401-341-2927.
In the last year, global energy markets were shaken by Middle East instability while Japan grappled with the worst nuclear power disaster in history. The future of energy is a future of increasing demand and pressure on supplies, whether political, environmental, or economic. China will consume 50% of all the new energy brought online over the next 25 years such that by 2035, the International Energy Agency projects, China will consume almost twice the energy of the United States. The implications for U.S. foreign policy, and for American consumers, cannot be over-stated.
Sweet studied European history at the University of Chicago and international affairs at Princeton University. A journalist, he worked for Congressional Quarterly, an independent news service in Washington, D.C., and for Physics Today, the American physicist’s membership magazine. He covered energy and was news editor at IEEE Spectrum, a technology magazine serving electrical, electronics, and computer engineers, from 1995 to 2010.
He blogs about energy and climate for Spectrum and about nuclear arms control and disarmament for the Foreign Policy Association. He has published two books, one about the nuclear arms race and nuclear proliferation, and one about climate science and policy. A third book, “Situating Putin,” is in the works.