On May 7, the Atlantic Council Turkey Programs and Global Energy Center, together with the US Naval Postgraduate School’s Energy Academic Group, organized the second conference on Black Sea Energy & Security, at the Army and Navy Club in Washington, DC. The conference gathered experts, business leaders, diplomats, policymakers, and representatives of Black Sea and greater region countries. The event featured four panels focusing on current challenge to freedom of the seas, regional perspectives on Black Sea energy and security, regional geopolitical developments, and operational energy globally and the Black Sea region.

Kimberly Harrington, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Diplomacy, U.S. Department of State

At the second Black Sea Energy and Security Conference, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Diplomacy at the U.S. Department of State, Kimberly Harrington delivered keynote remarks.

From left: Prof. Brenda Shaffer, Faculty Associate, Energy Academic Group, US Naval Postgraduate School & Nonresident Senior Fellow, Global Energy Center, Atlantic Council; Tristan T.A. Lovering, Intelligence Advisor (Europe/Russia/Caspian), ExxonMobil Global Security

The conference also featured a one-on-one interview on energy infrastructure developments in the Black Sea region with Tristan T.A. Lovering, Intelligence Advisor (Europe/Russia/Caspian), ExxonMobil Global Security, moderated by Prof. Brenda Shaffer, Faculty Associate, Energy Academic Group, US Naval Postgraduate School; & Nonresident Senior Fellow, Global Energy Center, Atlantic Council.

Panels

The current challenge to freedom of the seas: Economic and security implications

Moderator

Alan Howard, Associate Chair, Energy Academic Group, Naval Postgraduate School

Panelists

Neil Brown, Managing Director, KKR Global Institute and KKR Infrastructure & Nonresident Senior Fellow, Global Energy Center, Atlantic Council

Gavin Clough, Senior US Navy Fellow, Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security, Atlantic Council

Ali Gara, Founder and CEO, MagicPort

Regional perspectives on Black Sea energy and security

Moderator

Olga Khakova, Deputy Director, European Energy Security, Global Energy Center, Atlantic Council

Panelists

Amb. Berris Ekinci, Director General for Energy and Environment, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Türkiye

Kimberly Harrington, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Diplomacy, U.S. Department of State

Amb. Khazar Ibrahim, Ambassador of the Republic of Azerbaijan to the United States

Regional geopolitical developments

Moderator

Dr. Rich Outzen, Nonresident Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council IN TURKEY, Atlantic Council

Panelists

Dr. Svante Cornell, Director, Central Asia-Caucasus Institute & Silk Road Studies Program

Amb. Alper Coşkun, Senior Fellow, Europe Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Dr. Michael Doran, Senior Fellow and Director, Center for Peace and Security in the Middle East, Hudson Institute

Operational energy globally and the Black Sea region

Discussion led by

Alan Howard, Associate Chair, Energy Academic Group, Naval Postgraduate School

Discussants

Dr. Arnold C. Dupuy, Nonresident Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council IN TURKEY; Faculty Associate, Energy Academic Group, Naval Postgraduate School

Dr. Daniel A. Nussbaum, Chair, Energy Academic Group, US Naval Postgraduate School

Larry Walzer, Faculty Associate – Research, Energy Academic Group, Naval Postgraduate School

Photos from the second Black Sea Energy & Security Conference

Previous Black Sea Energy and Security Conference

The Atlantic Council in Turkey aims to promote dialogue and strengthen transatlantic engagement with the region through research, programming and high-level discussion forums to address critical issues around energy, economics, business, and security.

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