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Please join the Atlantic Council Global Energy Center for a virtual event on Tuesday, February 16th , 2021 from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. EST to reflect on the lessons learned from the successful completion of the Southern Gas Corridor pipeline system and to discuss future opportunities for expansion. The event will feature changemakers that played an essential role in the establishment of the corridor; Elshad Nasirov, vice president for investment and marketing at the State Oil Company of the Republic of Azerbaijan, will deliver keynote remarks and set the scene for the discussion on this multilateral achievement. Mr. Nassirov’s remarks will be followed by a panel discussion with the following experts:

  • Neil Robert Brown, managing director at KKR Global Institute and nonresident senior fellow with the Global Energy Center, who served as aide to the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the late Senator Richard Lugar;
  • Amb. Matthew Bryza, nonresident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council, who served as US ambassador to Azerbaijan and as deputy assistant secretary of state and the National Security Council official responsible for the Caspian region; and
  • Professor Brenda Shaffer, nonresident senior fellow with the Global Energy Center and research faculty member at the Naval Postgraduate School, whose published work on Caspian energy informed policymakers. 
  • The Hon. Robert Scher, head of international affairs at bp America, who served as the assistant secretary of defense for strategy, defense, and capabilities from 2014 to 2017.

This conversation will be moderated by Amb. Richard Morningstar, founding chairman of the Global Energy Center, who formerly served as the US ambassador to the European Union, the State Department’s special envoy for Eurasian energy, and US ambassador to Azerbaijan.

The Southern Gas Corridor pipeline system opened as a result of decades of diplomatic engagement amongst US administrations (with bipartisan support), European Union Commissions, and public-private cooperation. The Corridor’s opening serves as a case study in effective energy diplomacy.

The system, which extends from Azerbaijan to Italy, brings Caspian gas to Europe for the first time. This new source of supply provides the involved countries greater energy independence by lessening their reliance on Russian gas.

Please join this timely conversation via the web application Zoom, which is accessible through your web browser, the Zoom desktop or mobile app, and by phone. If you wish to join the question and answer period, you must join by app or web. You must register to receive further information on how to join the virtual audience.

Agenda

Keynote remarks by

Elshad Nasirov
Vice President, Investments and Marketing
State Oil Company of the Republic of Azerbaijan

A conversation with

Neil Robert Brown
Managing Director
KKR Global Institute
Nonresident Senior Fellow
Atlantic Council Global Energy Center

Amb. Matthew Bryza
Nonresident Senior Fellow
Atlantic Council

Prof. Brenda Shaffer
Research Faculty Member
Naval Postgraduate School
Nonresident Senior Fellow
Atlantic Council Global Energy Center

The Hon. Robert Scher
Head of International Affairs
bp America

Moderated by

Amb. Richard Morningstar
Founding Chairman
Atlantic Council Global Energy Center

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