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International oil specialist to discuss politics of energy, Feb. 25

A leading specialist and consultant on the commercial aspects of the international oil and gas sector will speak at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 25, in Bowl 1, Robertson Hall. Edward Morse, executive adviser at Hess Energy Trading Co., will discuss "Russia, the United States and the New Geopolitics of Caspian Energy."

Morse joined HETCO in April 1999 after more than a decade as publisher of Petroleum Intelligence Weekly and other oil and gas industry newsletters. Last year, he chaired a task force on energy security jointly sponsored by the Council on Foreign Relations of New York and the James Baker III Institute at Rice University.

As deputy assistant secretary of state for international energy policy from 1978 to 1981, Morse was the most senior official in the U.S. Department of State with full-time responsibilities in energy. In that capacity, he represented the United States at the Governing Board of the International Energy Agency, where he chaired the agency's Committee on Long-Term Cooperation. He also chaired various bilateral working groups between the United States and other countries, including Iran, Mexico, Japan, the United Kingdom, Nigeria and Norway.

The lecture is sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs .

Contact: Marilyn Marks (609) 258-3601

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