Ben Cahill

Senior Fellow, Energy Security and Climate Change Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies

Ben Cahill is a senior fellow in the Energy Security and Climate Change program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He covers oil markets, geopolitics, and macro trends affecting the oil and gas industry. He also leads a research initiative on methane emissions and global gas and analyzes how national oil companies are responding to the energy transition. Cahill was previously a director in Energy Intelligence’s Research and Advisory group and led its country risk practice, advising oil and gas companies on politics, economics, and policy risks. He also wrote on corporate strategy and covered Saudi Aramco, the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company, and Southeast Asian national oil companies. Cahill formerly worked at PFC Energy (now part of IHS Markit) in Washington, DC and Kuala Lumpur, focusing on country risk and macro trends in the oil and gas industry. He has an MA in international affairs and economics from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies and a BA in international relations and English from Boston University.

Petro Diplomacy 2024: The Countdown to Net Zero

On June 11, AGSIW convened its 10th annual Petro Diplomacy conference.

Petro Diplomacy 2023: The Energy Transition and the Road to COP28

On June 27 and 28, AGSIW convened its ninth annual Petro Diplomacy conference. 

China-Gulf Initiative: Evolving Chinese Demand for Gulf Energy and Geopolitical Implications

On September 15, as part of the China-Gulf Initiative, AGSIW hosted a discussion examining energy relations between China and the Gulf states.

The Future of OPEC+ and Saudi-UAE Relations 

On July 8, AGSIW hosted a private briefing on the developing OPEC+ dispute and the repercussions for the future of the alliance as well as Saudi-UAE relations.

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Everything at Once: Transformation of Abu Dhabi’s Oil Policy

Abu Dhabi traditionally managed its oil and gas resources cautiously and conserved hydrocarbon wealth for future generations, but the energy transition is reshaping its strategy.

The Transformation of Abu Dhabi's Oil Industry

Ben Cahill discussed the fundamental shift in Abu Dhabi's oil policy since 2016.

What Are the Prospects for Natural Gas in the Transition to a Lower Carbon World?

The coronavirus pandemic has delivered an unprecedented shock to the global natural gas market.

Petro Diplomacy 2020

For the sixth consecutive year, AGSIW convened its Petro Diplomacy conference, this year virtually.