Feb 25 2010
Dr. Brenda Shaffer, of the School of Political Science and Department of Asian Studies of the University of Haifa, was guest lecturer at Harvard University’s Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies and International Security Program Seminar on February 16, 2010, speaking on “Caspian Energy: Phase II”.
Caspian energy production and export is entering its second phase, she explained. With the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC), Baku-Tbilisi-Erzurum (BTE), and the Caspian Pipeline Consortium (CPC) operating fully, regional and international focus has shifted to examining the second phase of Caspian energy production and export: Azerbaijan’s Shah Deniz Two, additional markets for Turkmen natural gas, and export of Kazakhstan’s natural gas. A number major geopolitical question marks will affect the destiny of these energy sources: Russia’s reassertiveness in the Caspian region, instability in Iran, transit disputes with Turkey, unclear U.S. policy toward the region, and amplification of the Nagorno-Karabagh conflict resolution process. Dr. Shaffer discussed these geopolitical quagmires and their impact on the prospects for a new round of major production and export projects from the Caspian region.
Dr. Shaffer gave the lecture as part of a book tour to discuss her recent publication Energy Politics that was published by the University of Pennsylvania Press. Additional lectures on research related to the book were delivered at Columbia University, Georgia Tech University and U.C. Berkeley.