New Presentation: The Changing Geopolitcs of Energy
Wednesday 28 January 2015
On Monday 26 January, Sir Ronald spoke at an Energy Conference in Trinidad and Tobago on The Changing Geopolitics of Energy. The Conference, which attracted hundreds of representatives from the private sector, government and academia, was held as oil and gas prices continued to decline with damaging effects to regional oil producers such as Venezuela and Trinidad and Tobago, and the US announced that it is now the world's number one producer of oil and gas. In his presentation, Sir Ronald said: "Acting together the countries of the region can take advantage of low cost oil to diversify their energy sources, improve their energy security, reduce cists and make their economies more competitive in tourism and manufacturing, But to do so will require governments and the private sector acting in concert and cohesion - not beggar the neighbour policies.". The full text of Sir Ronald's presentation can be read in the "Lectures" section of this website.
An interview with Sir Ronald at the Energy Conference can also be seen in the "Videos" section under "Lectures and Interviews".
Energy Conference Trinidad January 2015
Thursday 1 January 2015
A new commentary has been posted. It is entitled: The unhelpful geopolitics of Energy in the Caribbean. It argues that the Caribbean is at an interesting juncture in energy terms. The countries of the region can take advantage of the present low cost oil and gas to diversify their energy sources, improve their energy security, reduce costs and make their economies more competitive in tourism and manufacturing. To do so will require governments acting in concert and cohesion – not with beggar-thy-neighbour policies. The commentary also looks at the Energy Security Conference for the Caribbean organised by US Vice President Joe Biden and the future of Petro Caribe.
US Vice President Joe Biden speaking at the Caribbean Energy Security Conference in Washington
The previous commentary is Terrorism is not a Western problem only. It argues that the solution to terrorism cannot not lie in the actions of any one government or in actions fashioned by Western governments alone. If Western governments by themselves devise only militaristic and criminal formulae for curbing terrorism which they then attempt to impose on the rest of the world, those formulae won’t work. What is required is an inclusive approach that brings together leaders of Muslim, Hindu, Christian and secular states to discuss ways in which they can collaborate to address this deadly and grave problem in the interest of all nations, including surveillance, intelligence sharing military co-operation and alleviating poverty and unemployment.
Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters (D.Litt) for Sir Ronald
Sunday 23 November 2014
On Friday October 24th, Sir Ronald was conferred with the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters (D.Litt) by the University of the West Indies at its St Augustine Campus in Trinidad and Tobago. Sir Ronald also delivered an address to the graduating class of 2014. His address and the citation appear in the "Lectures and Interviews" section of this website.
Sir Ronald Sanders addressing 2014 UWI graduating Social Sciences Faculty at St Augustine, Trinidad