Columbia University: Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia

December 6, 2023

The Center on Global Energy Policy (CGEP) at Columbia University SIPA is excited to announce the publication of From Black Gold to Frozen Gas: How Qatar Became an Energy Superpower by renowned energy expert and CGEP Advisory Board Member Michael D. Tusiani and award-winning oil industry journalist Anne-Marie Johnson. ‘From Black Gold to Frozen Gas’ is  the latest in CGEP’s book series edited by founding director Jason Bordoff, and details Qatar’s journey to becoming  a global energy powerhouse and one of the world’s wealthiest countries.

“At its core, ‘From Black Gold to Frozen Gas’ offers a comprehensive analysis of Qatar’s rise in the last half century to become a global natural gas superpower examining the geopolitical and economic implications of this dramatic transformation,” said Jason Bordoff, founding director of the Center on Global Energy Policy. “It gives readers a behind-the-scenes look into the complicated power dynamics and challenges Qatar has tackled along the way to becoming a dominant force in the global energy market today.”

Backed by extensive research and building on Tusiani’s firsthand experiences, ‘From Black Gold to Frozen Gas’ illustrates the complex interplay of geopolitics, economic pressures, and internal dynamics that shaped Qatar’s trajectory as a major player in the global energy market. It meticulously chronicles the challenges faced by the country, from the initial interests of British and American oil companies in the 1920s to the development of the North field, the world’s largest gas field, and Qatar’s emergence as a leading exporter of liquefied natural gas (LNG) in the 2000s.

From Black Gold to Frozen Gas: How Qatar Became an Energy Superpower is available for purchase on the Columbia University Press website. For interviews or media requests, please contact

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