By some measures, Eurasia’s energy landscape has changed more in the past several years than in the previous several decades. The price of oil remains at half its level of four years ago, and shows no sign of increasing. Natural gas is now just as easily transported by ship as by pipeline, opening new possibilities for obtaining gas supply. The pipeline network within Europe and between the EU and its neighbors is also in flux, thanks both to new pipeline projects such as TurkStream and Nord Stream II as well as to new interconnectors between EU member states. Demands for decarbonizing the energy supply is driving big shifts in the types of energy in use.
This conference will examine these trends through three different lenses. The first session will examine the recent efforts, supported by the US and the EU, to reform energy sectors in Black Sea states, notably but not exclusively in Ukraine and Georgia. Second, a panel of experts will discuss the ever-shifting energy politics of the broader Eurasia region, from Central Asia to the Black Sea and beyond. Finally, the conference will feature a discussion between Douglas Hengel, Senior Resident Fellow, German Marshall Fund, and Jonathan Elkind, former Assistant Secretary for the Office of International Affairs, Department of Energy. The discussion will focus on the future of US strategy for energy security in Eurasia.