Senior Fellow, Eurasia Center
TopicsCyber 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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May 29, 2019On May 26, Lithuanian voters rebuffed the populist trends sweeping Europe by electing Gitanas Nausėda, a pro-European Union independent centrist, as their new president. There is a lot at stake for Lithuania and Nausėda, an economist and political novice, has…
December 13, 2018Natural gas pipeline would connect Russia to Europe Opposition to Nord Stream 2—a pipeline that will transport natural gas from Russia to Germany while bypassing Ukraine—is building on both sides of the Atlantic. On December 11, the US House of…
November 26, 2018
August 17, 2018As 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
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.