Energy Security and Pipeline Politics: The Achilles Heel of Eastern Europe

Thursday, October 2, 2014
Marshall D. Shulman Seminar Room (1219 IAB)

Please join the Harriman Institute and the Center on Global Energy Policy for a talk by Dr. Agnia Grigas on energy security in Eastern Europe, focusing on new EU states, Belarus, and Ukraine. 

Dr. Agnia Grigas is an energy and political risk expert, specializing in Russia and Eastern Europe. She is the author of The Politics of Energy and Memory between the Baltic States and Russia (Ashgate 2013) and a frequent media contributor (CNN, CCTV, Forbes, Bloomberg, Reuters, BBC Russia, openDemocracy, LA Business Journal).  A Fellow at the McKinnon Center at Occidental College, she regularly collaborates with leading American and European research institutions. With more than a decade of experience as a business development and political risk advisor, Agnia also consults for corporations and government. Previously she served as an energy and economic advisor in the Lithuanian government. Agnia graduated cum laude with a BA in Economics and Political Science from Columbia University and earned a Master’s and Doctorate in International Relations from the University of Oxford. 

Columbia Faculty on Dr. Grigas book The Politics of Energy and Memory between the Baltic States and Russia (Ashgate 2013):

Why do some European countries cooperate with Russia’s moves to consolidate its energy supply dominance while others choose to resist? This compelling analysis of the Baltics states’ stances toward Russia on energy and on national memory issues reveals that variation stems from differences in domestic political games and business interests more than questions of ethnic identity.
-- Jack Snyder, Columbia University, USA
As an episode of disimperialism, this study of the Baltic States in the post-Soviet era after the breakup of the Soviet Union makes a valuable contribution to international relations. Common elements in relations with Russia were the legacy of dependence, occupation damages, energy security and the entry of the three states into NATO and the European Union. But differences between the policies of the three countries toward Russia besides the existence of Russian minorities in Estonia and Latvia and their absence in Lithuania were different national issues and pipeline politics. This book is an excellent case study of how energy dependence and security issues interact and how the economic futures of Russia and the European Union are intertwined.
-- Robert Mundell, Columbia University, USA


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