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Fri, Dec 18, 2020

Reinforcing transatlantic ties amidst Nord Stream 2 sanctions: A way forward

The United States and European Union should develop a comprehensive strategy on deterring and mitigating Russian influence and aggression in Europe, including cooperation on energy infrastructure and the encouragement of competitive and transparent energy markets. This strategy should be the bridge for working through tensions stemming from Nord Stream 2 sanctions and for rebuilding the transatlantic relationship.

EnergySource by Richard L. Morningstar, Daniel Fried, Olga Khakova

Europe & Eurasia Geopolitics & Energy Security

Sun, Nov 29, 2020

Which Trump Administration-era policies should the incoming Biden-Harris Administration continue?

Amidst the Trump Administration’s empty talk of “energy dominance,” “freedom gas,” and “the cleanest air, the cleanest water,” the Administration developed a number of good policies that align with President-elect Biden’s climate, energy security, and foreign policy objectives. If the Senate remains in Republican hands, these areas might be some of the best opportunities President-elect Biden has to advance his climate and energy goals.

EnergySource by Global Energy Center

Energy & Environment United States and Canada

Wed, Sep 16, 2020

Experts react: Von der Leyen outlines vision for Europe’s post-COVID future

Von der Leyen used her first State of the European Union Address to push European leaders to “make change happen by design—not by disaster or by diktat from others in the world.” Atlantic Council experts react to European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen’s speech and its implications for future EU policy.

New Atlanticist by Atlantic Council

Climate Change & Climate Action Coronavirus

Olga Khakova is the associate director for European energy security at the Atlantic Council Global Energy Center, where she manages transatlantic energy initiatives. Before joining the Atlantic Council, Khakova was a senior program coordinator for US Energy Association’s Energy Technology and Governance Program. She helped start and coordinate the Western Balkans’ Electricity Market Initiative working group, which provides technical expertise on creating better-connected electricity markets.

Khakova also worked as a program director for a leading energy non-profit in the Midwest, The Climate + Energy Project (CEP). While at CEP she co-led the conception and development of the Clean Energy Business Council, a network of businesses seeking to capitalize on renewable energy resources in Kansas and the greater Kansas City area through legislative, regulatory, and educational solutions. Khakova facilitated state-wide stakeholder engagement on energy issues, such as education and outreach on rate design dockets at the Kansas Corporation Commission. During her time at Bombardier Aerospace, Khakova organized events and developed communications strategies in Brazil, Canada, China, and the US for a distinguished human factors safety program called Safety Standdown.

Khakova has a business administration degree from Wichita State University and a professional science masters in environmental assessment from the University of Kansas. She is originally from Ukraine.