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Andrew Holland

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Former Chief Operating Officer

Expertise: Energy, Climate Change, Innovation, and Infrastructure Policy

Andrew Holland was the American Security Project’s Chief Operating Officer. His area of research is on on energy, climate change, trade, innovation and infrastructure policy. For more than 15 years, he has worked at the center of debates about how to achieve sustainable energy security and how to effectively address climate change.

He served as Legislative Assistant on Energy, Environment, and Infrastructure for United States Senator Chuck Hagel of Nebraska for three years from 2006 through 2008.  He worked in the US House of Representatives for the House Ways and Means Committee and the Office of Congresswoman Roukema.

He holds a Master’s Degree in International Strategy and Economics from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland and a Bachelor’s Degree in History and Economics from Wake Forest University in North Carolina.

He is originally from New York City, grew up in New Jersey, and currently resides in Alexandria, VA.

Additional Skills and Experience

He is an experienced writer and strategic analyst. He is widely cited in the media on energy and environmental policy. He has spoken about energy security, Arctic policy, and water resources at high-level events in South Korea, Brussels, Washington, London, Berlin, Geneva, and China.

He testified before the House Foreign Affairs Committee about America’s role in the Arctic and before the Senate Select Committee on the Climate Crisis about the national security threats of climate change.

He is the Executive Director of the Fusion Industry Association, an initiative of ASP, that brings together private fusion energy companies to support the growth of fusion power.

He is a member of is a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), the Emerging Leaders in Energy and Environmental Policy (ELEEP) Network, a transatlantic network operated by the Atlantic Council and the Ecologic Institute, and was an Energy Security Fellow with Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE).








Email Andrew here.

ASP Reports:

Assessing US and North American Energy Security in 2017

Alleviating the Resource Curse

Climate Diplomacy: A Strategy for American Leadership

Energy and Geopolitics in the Eastern Mediterranean

America’s Role in the Arctic: Opportunity and Security in the High North

Water Management in the American Southwest: Lessons for the Age of Climate Change

Fusion Power: A 10-Year Plan to Energy Security

Cause & Effect: U.S. Gasoline Prices

Advanced Biofuels and National Security

The Dams of the Himalayas

The Climate Security Report

Critical Energy Choices for the Next Administration

America’s Energy Choices

Six Decades of Civilian Fusion Research Has Produced Major Technological Advances in the U.S.

A selection of Andrew’s writings:

Atlantis 2.0: How Climate Change Could Make States Disappear and What That Means for Global Security” – Epicenters of Climate and Security: The New Geostrategic Landscape of the Anthropocene, June 2017

The Trans Pacific Partnership for Peace” – The Washington Examiner, June 29, 2016

Preventing Tomorrow’s Climate Wars” – Scientific American, June 2016

America’s Chance to Help Break Russia’s Energy Dominance” – The Wall Street Journal, February 22, 2016

Fusion Energy Sooner and Cheaper?” – Breaking Energy, June 18, 2015

National Security in a Rapidly Changing Arctic – How a Lack of Attention to the Arctic is Harming America’s Interests  Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, Issue 15-1, Winter/Spring, 2014. 

Risk Reward & Revolution: Why globalizing the natural gas revolution is smart environmental and economic policy for Louisiana” – The Pelican Institute for Public Policy, January 2014

Bay of Bengal: A Hotspot for Climate Insecurity” – Sustainable Security, August 4, 2013

U.S. – China Agreement on Climate Shows Promise” – Energy Trends Insider, April 25, 2013

The many empty meanings of ‘energy security’” – Christian Science Monitor, April 19, 2013

With Military’s Push, Biofuels Can Grow” – Christian Science Monitor, December 2, 2012

Why the New York Times is Wrong on the National Ignition Facility” – AOL Energy, October 17, 2012

The Arctic: Last energy frontier?” with Robert Gardner – The Hill, August 14, 2012

Through Innovation and Investment, the U.S. Can Lead in Next-Generation Energy, Nuclear Fusion” with Nick Cunningham – AOL Energy, August 3, 2012

Calming Tensions With Iran Is the Real Solution on Oil” – USNews and World Report Debate Club

Running on empty: Failing to address high gas prices” – The Hill, April 17, 2012

America’s Changing Energy Choices” – The Hill, March 5, 2012

What America Can Learn from Detroit” – The Atlantic, February 17, 2012

Blue Ribbon Commission: Disposing of our Nuclear Waste” – The Hill, February 3, 2012

Race Around the World: The 20 Year Contest for Oil” – The Atlantic, December 13, 2011

Its Time For International Emissions Reductions” – AOL Energy, November 8 2011

Fusion for the Future” – AOL Energy, September 20, 2011

Why We Can’t Let Solyndra Failure Kill Support for Solar” – The Atlantic, September 15, 2011

Final Report to the European Commission – Climate Change and its Impact on Global Security, January 2011

Copenhagen Accord Faces First Test” – IISS Strategic Comments, January, 2010

Building Global Food Security”- IISS Strategic Comments, December, 2009

Learning From Europe on Climate Change“- Survival, vol 51, no.6, December, 2009

Deadlock on Climate Change” – IISS Strategic Comments, August, 2009

Media Citations:


Climate Change & Extreme Weather Threaten National Security” Radio Interview, WESA Essential Pittsburgh. Listen here.

Climate Change a Threat to Homeland Security” The Joe Show, January 8, 2014. Listen here.

Will global warming lead to more war? It’s not that simple – Washington Post, August 5, 2013

China Seeks New Technology in Oil Deal – VOA News, August 2, 2012

First Business News: September 2011

Recent Posts

Signing off from ASP

Posted on: April 29th, 2021

As Climate Envoy, John Kerry will lead Climate Action from the National Security Council

Posted on: November 24th, 2020

Building Caribbean Resilience with Fossil Fuel Revenues

Posted on: June 24th, 2020

Guyana at a Turning Point: Oil and Security

Posted on: May 6th, 2020

ARPA-E Announces $32 Million in Fusion Funding

Posted on: April 7th, 2020