An Energy Market Check In

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By Norman T. Roule

Norman T. Roule is a geopolitical and energy consultant who served for 34 years in the Central Intelligence Agency, managing numerous programs relating to Iran and the Middle East. He served as the National Intelligence Manager for Iran (NIM-I) at the ODNI from 2008 until 2017. As NIM-I, he was the principal Intelligence Community (IC) official responsible for overseeing all aspects of national intelligence policy and activities related to Iran, to include IC engagement on Iran issues with senior policymakers in the National Security Council and the Department of State.  Roule is a non-resident senior adviser with the Transnational Threats Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and an advisor to United Against Nuclear Iran and the Counter Extremism Project, and a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

ENERGY — 2020 has taken a toll on the world’s energy market, but just how bad is it?  Experts say COVID-19, economic shutdowns and a disastrous oil price war this Spring have left the industry in a position to survive but warn that it will be different.

The Cipher Brief spoke with expert Norm Roule, former senior advisor with ODNI and career CIA officer, who advises regularly on Middle East political, security, economic and energy issues.

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