Agnia Grigas

Nonresident Senior Fellow, Eurasia Center

A.Grigas 2015

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Cyber Security, European Energy Security, Nordic-Baltic security, Shale Gas revolution/alternative energy sources, Transatlantic and Eurasian Energy Security, US Energy Policy

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  • August 17, 2018
    As German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian President Vladimir Putin meet on Saturday near Berlin, several items will be on the agenda, including the war in Syria, the conflict in east Ukraine, and US tariffs. The most important item, however,
  • July 19, 2018
  • July 10, 2018
    This week, Western leaders will gather at the NATO Summit in Brussels to discuss the most pressing issues of the day, likely including the construction of the Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline. The pipeline, owned by Russian energy giant
  • June 25, 2018
    Protesters are taking to the streets of Moldova’s capital of Chisinau again.On June 3, Andrei Nastase was elected mayor of Chisinau with 52.5% of the vote. Nastase, a pro-European prosecutor and anti-corruption activist, defeated Socialist Ion Ceban who favors closer
  • March 17, 2018
    Despite US sanctions, the Kremlin’s pursuit of a free hand to maintain dominance over Europe’s energy market by using Nord Stream II has sparked fierce debate among Western democracies over the importance of the proposed pipeline. “This is not about
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Full Bio

Dr. Agnia Grigas is a nonresident senior fellow with the Atlantic Council's Eurasia Center. She speaks and publishes on energy; security; and foreign policy regarding Europe, the post-Soviet space, Russia, and the Baltic states.

She is the author of three books: The New Geopolitics of Gas (Harvard UP, forthcoming 2017), Beyond Crimea: The New Russian Empire (Yale UP, 2016) and The Politics of Energy and Memory Between the Baltic States and Russia (Ashgate, 2013).

In the private sector, Dr. Grigas has more than a decade of experience as an adviser to corporations and government institutions. Her clients have included the likes of Barclays Bank, where she led its international growth initiatives including opening a global strategic engineering center in Lithuania. Previously, she worked as an associate with leading global consultancy Eurasia Group, where she advised on emerging markets for its multinational clients. She began her career as a financial analyst at JP Morgan, where she worked on Eurobond issuance for corporations and governments.

Dr. Grigas also served as adviser on energy security and the economy for the Lithuanian Minister of Foreign Affairs (2008-2009), focusing on regional gas diversification solutions and foreign direct investment.

She has held various fellowships including the Truman national security fellowship (2015-2016), and since 2014 she has been a nonresident senior fellow at the McKinnon Center for Global Affairs at Occidental College. She collaborates with prominent American and European research institutions and has published studies for the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies, The Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House), Johns Hopkins APL, and Notre Europe Jacques Delors Institute, among others.

An experienced communicator on screen, in print, and in person, she is an official contributor to The Hill and a frequent media commentator in outlets including CNN, Forbes, LA Business Journal, Bloomberg, and Reuters.

Dr. Grigas earned her master's and doctorate in international relations from the University of Oxford and graduated cum laude with a BA in politics and economics from Columbia University. She resides in Washington, DC.