New HCSS Podcast online: Geopolitics of Energy Transformation

March 5th 2019 - 10:28

The accelerating deployment of renewables has set in motion a global energy transformation that will have profound geopolitical consequences. Just as fossil fuels have shaped the geopolitical map over the last two centuries, the energy transformation will alter the global distribution of power, relations between states, the risk of conflict, and the social, economic and environmental drivers of geopolitical instability.

This is the central premise of “A New World: The Geopolitics of Energy Transformation”, the new report by the Global Commission on the Geopolitics of Energy Transformation.

 In the latest HCSS podcast, Strategic Energy Analyst Jan Frederik Braun and Retired General Tom Middendorp discuss this landmark report and shed light on the political, economic, and social implications of the global shift to renewables.

Listen to the podcast here.


Jan Braun is a Strategic Energy Analyst at HCSS. His research focuses on international energy markets, climate policies as well as the strategic consequences, risks and opportunities for state and non-state actors in the global energy transition. Jan has studied in Maastricht, Durham and Edinburgh and holds degrees in International Relations (MA) and Political Science & Economics (PhD-magna cum laude). He completed his PhD at Osnabrück University on legislative decision-making in EU climate and energy policy in a Marie Skłodowska-Curie research network on institutional cooperation in the European Union.