The Kremlin's Gas Games in Europe: Implications for Policy Makers

May 24, 2017 - 1:00 pm

Dirksen Senate Office Building, SD-106
Washington, DC
Keynote Address:
The Hon. Jeanne Shaheen
US Senator for New Hampshire
US Senate

A coversation with:

Mr. Edward Chow
Senior Fellow, Energy and National Security Program
Center for Strategic and International Studies

Mr. Bud Coote
Senior Fellow, Global Energy Center
Atlantic Council

Mr. Ilya Zaslavskiy

“The Kremlin’s Gas Games in Europe: Implications for Policy Makers”
Moderated by:

Ms. Emily Meredith
Deputy Bureau Chief
Energy Intelligence

Please join the Atlantic Council's Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center and Global Energy Center, in partnership with the Free Russia Foundation for the launch of a new Atlantic Council policy paper, The Kremlin’s Gas Games in Europe: Implications for Policy Makers.
In The Kremlin’s Gas Games in Europe, Mr. Zaslavskiy presents policy recommendations for US and European policy makers as the European Union negotiates Gazprom’s latest pipeline project, Nord Stream 2. Examining previous Gazprom pipeline projects, the author argues that while Gazprom presents itself as an independent competitive firm, it has a consistent track record of acting as an arm of the Kremlin’s foreign and economic policy. Nord Stream 2, Mr. Zaslavskiy concludes, will present a major challenge to European law and EU principles and jeopardize the security interests of the United States and its European allies.
The event will feature a keynote address by US Senator Jeanne Shaheen and a panel of experts that will discuss Nord Stream 2, Russia’s energy policies, as well as share policy recommendations for the US and Europe.
We hope you can join us for this timely discussion.

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Dirksen Senate Office Building
(Room SD-106)



 Jeanne Shaheen has served in the US Senate since 2009 and is a member of the Senate Committees on Armed Services, Foreign Relations, Appropriations, and is ranking member of the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee. As a former small business owner, Senator Shaheen has worked to keep the US economy competitive in the global marketplace through her efforts on the Small Business Committee and through legislation such as the Small Business Jobs Act and the Small Business Innovation Research program. As ranking member and the former chair of the Foreign Relations Subcommittee on European Affairs, Senator Shaheen was an outspoken proponent of the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START). She helped to secure its ratification, enabling the United States to resume critical inspections of Russia's nuclear arsenal. Senator Shaheen served as governor of New Hampshire from 1997 to 2003. Between her time as governor and election to the US Senate, Senator Shaheen served as the director of Harvard University's Institute of Politics at the Kennedy School of Government.

Edward Chow, a senior fellow in the energy and national security program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), is an international energy expert with more than thirty-five years of industry experience. He has worked in Asia, the Middle East, Africa, South America, Europe, Russia, and the Caspian region. He has developed government policy and business strategy, as well as successfully negotiated complex, multi-billion-dollar international business ventures. He specializes in oil and gas investments in emerging economies. He has advised governments, international financial institutions, major oil companies, and leading multinational corporations. Mr. Chow spent twenty years with Chevron Corporation in the United States and on overseas assignments. He was head of international external affairs at headquarters in California. He played a leading role in negotiating international commercial agreements. While he was Chevron’s principal international representative in Washington, he worked closely with the White House, Capitol Hill, federal departments and agencies, foreign governments, international financial institutions, and the foreign policy community on international economic policy affecting worldwide energy investments. Between 1989 and 1991, he was based in Beijing as Chevron’s country manager for China. Mr. Chow is a graduate of Ohio University with a bachelor’s degree in economics and a master’s degree in international affairs. He has published articles in leading academic and foreign policy journals on global energy developments; spoken on energy at international conferences, universities, and think tanks in the United States, Europe, and Asia; and appeared on major international media.

Bud Coote recently retired from the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) as the agency's leading international energy analyst and a key adviser to senior US officials on a wide array of global energy issues. He helped to establish and build the CIA's energy program dating back to the early 1970's, producing actionable intelligence that directly supported and helped shape decisions made by US policy officials, foreign officials, and private companies. He earned the Distinguished Career Service Medal for his work on energy security as well as the William L. Langer award, the Directorate of Intelligence's highest award in support of the directorate's mission. Mr. Coote has briefed US presidents and vice presidents, as well as secretaries of state, defense, energy, treasury, and commerce; national security advisors; the chairman of the federal reserve; members of Congress; and numerous other senior US and foreign officials on global and regional energy issues, especially Eurasian issues. He has traveled extensively in Eurasia, the Middle East, and Europe, frequently accompanying US special envoys for Eurasian energy and other senior US officials. He has directly supported the military through multiple crises and authored intelligence assessments on international energy trends, including analyses of oil and gas resources, long-term oil and gas supply growth, and trends in technology and investment. He has also assessed infrastructure and project vulnerabilities and risks, the impact of resource nationalism, trends in oil and gas field depreciation, and the potential for gains in efficiency of oil and gas use. Mr. Coote holds an MA in economics from George Washington University and a BA in government and economics from Wesleyan University. He also is a member of the British Special Forces Club.

Emily Meredith is deputy bureau chief for Energy Intelligence’s Washington bureau, covering foreign policy issues that affect the energy sphere. She previously focused on nuclear issues and the uranium market for Nuclear Intelligence Weekly and covered energy industry and policy of Mideast Gulf countries from Energy Intelligence’s Dubai bureau. Ms. Meredith studied international relations and finance at the College of William and Mary and holds an MA in journalism from Columbia University.

Alina Polyakova is the director of research for Europe and Eurasia at the Atlantic Council. She publishes frequently on political developments in Ukraine and Russia as well as populism, nationalism, and identity in Europe. Her writings have appeared in major publications and academic journals including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, and the American Interest. Dr. Polyakova is an expert on far-right movements and parties in Europe and author of the book The Dark Side of European Integration. She is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a Swiss National Science Foundation senior research fellow. She has been a fellow at the Eurasia Foundation, National Science Foundation, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and the Fulbright Foundation, among others. Dr. Polyakova was a faculty member and senior research fellow at the University of Bern, Switzerland. She holds a PhD and an MA in sociology from the University of California, Berkeley, and a BA in economics and sociology from Emory University.

Ilya Zaslavskiy is a research expert at the Free Russia Foundation and an academy associate at Chatham House. He writes on Eurasian energy and kleptocracy for the Hudson Institute, Martens Centre, and other US and EU think tanks. Previously he was senior visiting fellow for the Legatum Institute and a Bosch fellow at Chatham House. He heads Free Speech, LLC, which is finishing a project on the export of corrosive practices from post-Soviet states to the West. Apart from academic work, he is a consultant for Western energy firms, providing analyses of regulatory risks in developing countries. From 2006 to 2010 he worked on gas issues at the Russo-British company TNK-BP. He holds an MPhil in international relations from the University of Oxford and an executive master in management of energy from BI Norwegian Business School.