Eurasian Energy Futures Initiative Team
John R. Lyman, Director, Energy & Environment Program
David Koranyi, Deputy Director, Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center
Matthew Bryza, Senior Fellow, Patriciu Eurasia Center
Ian Brzezinski, Senior Fellow, Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security
Mihaela Carstei, Associate Director, Energy and Environment Program
Walter Howes, Senior Fellow, Energy and Environment Program
Blythe Lyons, Senior Fellow, Energy and Environment Program
Frank Kramer, Distinguished Fellow, Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security
Andrew Patterson, Senior Fellow, Energy and Environment Program
Pamela Tomski, Senior Fellow, Energy and Environment Program
Frank Umbach, Senior Fellow, Energy and Environment Program
Adnan Vatansever, Senior Fellow, Patriciu Eurasia Center
Ross Wilson, Director, Patriciu Eurasia Center
Energy and economic challenges ranging from oil and natural gas developments to the changing realities of the nuclear and renewable energy markets are of crucial importance from a transatlantic and even global perspective. Growing import dependence of Europe, its relationship with energy suppliers like Russia and the Caspian region, and transit states like Ukraine affect the security and prosperity of wider Eurasia and influence the strategic choices of the US, the EU, Russia and Turkey and their relations with the Black Sea and Caspian Regions, Central Asia, and the Middle East. Increasingly important issues, such as the exploration of the Arctic or natural gas discoveries in the Eastern Mediterranean, with their far-reaching geopolitical and economic implications, merit our full attention.
The Atlantic Council seeks support to fund and carry out a series of activities as part of its latest initiative, Eurasian Energy Futures. The Council, building on the solid track record of its Energy and Environment Program and its Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center in working on energy and regional issues, has assembled a highly respected group of experts with wide-ranging experience and background. The Initiative reflects the Atlantic Council’s uniquely systematic and comprehensive work as the premiere venue for policymakers on Eurasian energy. It builds upon the Council’s global network and expertise to facilitate relationship-building through a medium that also addresses policy issues relevant to specific countries and markets and for the US, European and international energy firms. Our aim is to educate and influence decision makers and stakeholders on emerging energy and energy policy issues so as to ensure effective engagement with them, maximize the prospects for sound, pro-energy development policies, minimize the likelihood of policy outcomes that will be detrimental to energy development and sustainable economic growth, and invest in relationships for the short and longer term. To that end we work together with key political leaders, thinkers, analysts, and the top industrial players in the United States, Europe, and Eurasia to lead a strategic debate on the future of energy markets and to chart a course for sustainable development and trade of global energy resources.
The Initiative consists of events and follow-up policy reports on strategic and practical Eurasian energy issues, such as roundtable discussions, workshops, closed strategy sessions, and multi-day conferences. In addition, the Atlantic Council plans to launch a high-level Eurasian Energy Futures Advisory Board functioning as the steering committee of the Initiative that will author a comprehensive Eurasian Energy Futures report with recommendations to policymakers to be presented by the end of 2013. The series culminates in the Atlantic Council Energy & Economic Summit, held in Istanbul every November, where global and regional energy trends are discussed with top-level participants from government and the private sector. The Summit is the only annual gathering of Caspian-Black Sea region for senior US, European and global leaders in energy and broader business/economic development.
The Council offers the advantage of being a non-partisan, independent and respected organization that can identify and work effectively with local partner organizations, and credibly convene the right set of stakeholders, regulators, experts, policymakers and other relevant players.
Featured planned events for 2013-2014
Unconventional Gas Developments: Environmental Issues and Regulatory Challenges in Europe
- Bucharest, Romania – March 11-12, 2013
- Kiev, Ukraine - June 2013
- Sofia, Bulgaria – September 2013
- Berlin, Germany - 2013/2014
Other Planned Events and Topics for 2013/14
- Hydrocarbon Resources in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Cyprus Conundrum (Rome, April 2013)
- Opening Up New Frontiers: The Strategic Role of Western Energy Majors in Russia and the Future of EU-Russian Energy Relations (Berlin, May 2013)
- New Sources of Energy in the Black Sea Region and the Mediterranean - Discovering the Region's Unconventional and Offshore Potential (Sofia, June 2013)
- The Southern Corridor and Beyond: Can Energy Resources Bring Security and Prosperity (Istanbul, July 2013)
- LNG Markets and their Implications on Eurasian Energy Security (London, July/September 2013)
- Opportunities and Challenges in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (Washington, DC, Brussels, Budapest, 2013/14)
- Eurasian Trade and Transit and Energy - The Role of Central Asia (Astana, Kazakhstan, 2013/14)
- Challenges and Opportunities in the Arctic (Oslo, 2014)
- New Realities of Energy Markets Series - The Changing Global Energy Portfolio and its Repercussions on Eurasian Energy Futures (Washington, DC, New York, Moscow, Paris, Brussels, London, Beijing, Delhi, Buenos Aires, 2013/14)
The Atlantic Council of the United States in coordination with the Regional Centre for Energy Policy Research hosted “The Next 40 Years: Advancing EU Energy Objectives in East Central Europe” conference on October 4-5 in Budapest, Hungary.
The Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center hosted a roundtable with Serbian energy business leaders on energy risks, opportunities and priorities in Serbia.
On March 1 the Eurasian Energy Futures Inititative will host the Minister of Industry and Trade for the Czech Republic, Martin Kuba, for a speech on the evolution of the country’s energy strategy to be followed by a moderated discussion with the audience.