At CSIS, Ebel "provides analysis on world oil and energy issues, with particular emphasis on the former Soviet Union and the Persian Gulf." Ebel has also "directed studies on global nuclear materials management and on the geopolitics of energy." 
"Ebel has traveled widely in the former Soviet Union [and] was a member of the first U.S. oil delegation to visit that country, in l960, and in l970 was in the first group of Americans to inspect the new oil fields of Western Siberia. In 1997, he led an International Energy Agency team examining the oil and gas sector of Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. In 2002, he participated in the Sudanese peace talks, held in Machakos, Kenya, and in 2002-2003, he worked with a group of former Iraqi oil officials, under the Department of State's Future of Iraq Project, to produce an assessment of the Iraqi oil sector." 
Ebel holds an M.A. in international relations from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University and a B.S. in petroleum geology from Texas Tech. 
- American Near East Refugee Aid, former board member 
- CIA for 11 years; over 7 years in Office of Oil and Gas, Department of the Interior 
- ENSERCH Corporation, vice president, international affairs (beginning March 1974) 
- Washington Export Council, former chairman 
- The Petroleum Industry of the Soviet Union (1961)
- Communist Trade in Oil and Gas (1970)
- Energy Choices in Russia (1994)
- Chernobyl and its Aftermath (CSIS, September 1994)
- Energy Choices in the Near Abroad (1997)
- Energy and Conflict in Central Asia and the Caucasus (2000) (coeditor)
- Caspian Oil Windfalls (2003) (coeditor)
- The Geopolitics of Energy into the 21st Century (CSIS report)
- "Robert Ebel" Yahoo! Search, accessed March 20, 2005.
- Experts: Robert E. Ebel, CSIS Biography.
Articles & Commentary
- Robert Ebel, Prepared Witness Testimony: Robert Ebel, "Iraqi Oil: Today and Tomorrow," The House Committee on Energy and Commerce, May 14, 2003.
- Robert Ebel, "OPEC: Oil and Energy Issues. Oil and Energy," Washington Post, April 1, 2004.
- Greg Palast, "Secret US plans for Iraq's oil," BBC's Newsnight, March 17, 2005.