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Electricity Supply: What it means for Security, Development, and Geopolitics
November 19

Electricity Supply: What it means for Security, Development, and Geopolitics

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Electricity Supply: What it means for Security, Development, and Geopolitics


Date November 19, 2014
Time 12:00pm – 4:30pm
Location American Security Project – 7th Floor West Tower, 1100 New York Ave., Washington DC


The nexus of electricity, development, and security is significant, yet its nuances are too often overlooked. The half-day event will bring together development and energy experts, government officials, and policy makers to better establish the important linkages between power, security, and development, share successful implementation strategies and consider how these successes can be replicated in diverse contexts.



12:00pm – 12:25pm Networking Lunch

12:25pm – 12:30pm: APR Introduction Video

12.30 – 12:45pm: Welcome, BGen. Stephen A. Cheney, USMC (Ret.)– ASP


12:45 pm – 1:45pm: Panel One  Electricity: The Catalyst for Change

The panel will examine electricity as a foundation for sustainable development and security with a specific focus on the distinct needs of rural versus urban communities. Panelists will discuss the potential impact of reliable electricity supply on local and national security, education, women’s economic empowerment, and agriculture. Focus will also include the problems generated by lack of access to affordable electricity and how communities are currently affected.

Chair: Joanne Trotter, Adjunct Senior Fellow of ASP


1:45pm – 2:00pm: Coffee and Networking


2:00pm – 3:00pm: Panel Two – The Challenges of Generating and Delivering Electricity

The panel will discuss the roles of security, governance, and general stability, as well as financing in delivering a sustainable electricity supply. There will also be discussion of regionally focused case studies as an opportunity for a more comprehensive understanding of these challenges, with particular interest in Public-Private Partnerships.

Chair: Brian Rich, COO, APR Energy


  • Dante Disparte, CEO and Founder – The Risk Cooperative
  • Faith Corneille, Director of the Office of Electricity and Energy Efficiency – State Department
  • John Morton, Chief of Staff to President – OPIC


3:00pm – 3:30pm: Coffee and Networking


3:30pm – 4:30pm: Panel Three  Innovative Solutions to Providing Reliable Power

The final panel will include presentations of strategies and technologies that are already providing cities and larger communities with electricity and what that has meant to these communities’, stability, security, and future development.

Chair: BGen. Stephen A. Cheney, USMC (Ret.); CEO, American Security Project


  • Eric ToumayanManaging Director – Government Relations APR Energy
  • Ken Ditzel. Managing Director – FTI Consulting



Electricity: The Catalyst


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The American Security Project is a non-profit, non-partisan public policy and research organization dedicated to fostering knowledge and understanding of a range of national security issues, promoting debate about the appropriate use of American power, and cultivating strategic responses to 21st century challenges. For more information, visit