Robert Ebel

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Robert E. Ebel is chairman of the Center for Strategic and International Studies Energy Program and codirector of the Caspian Sea Oil Study Group and the Oil Markets Study Group. [1]

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." [2]

"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." [3]

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. [4]



  • 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)

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