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VIRTUAL EVENT – The Geopolitics of Energy & Energy Policy, hosted by The Baker Institute at Rice University
June 25 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm CDTFree
A fireside chat with Dr Anna Mikulska moderated by SIPES board members Jeff Allen and Mark Hamzat O. Erogbogbo.
Over the last 20 years, the natural gas industry landscape has transformed from country and regional enclaves to an increasingly integrated and globalized environment. An unprecedented development of unconventional resources in the U.S. and Australia and significantly lower cost of liquefied natural gas (LNG) have expanded international trade and natural gas market liquidity.
An additional large number of new natural gas suppliers and new demand sources has also had geopolitical consequences. In particular, this affects the position of Russia in Central and Eastern Europe, which being the dominant supplier to the region, was able to derive not only economic but also geopolitical benefits.
As new natural gas sources are becoming available, the ability to impose higher prices and influence policy direction are waning. As such, the U.S. government cannot commit itself to supply natural gas to Europe – or any other region. In the U.S. private companies produce and sell natural gas depending on market conditions and profit margins; not policy direction. Nonetheless, the U.S. support for natural gas infrastructure buildup and market liberalization in the region could be critical for market diversification and energy security goals.
Anna Mikulska, Ph.D., is a nonresident fellow in energy studies at the Baker Institute’s Center for Energy Studies. Her research focuses on the geopolitics of natural gas within the EU, former Soviet Bloc and Russia. Her current projects assessing potential use of natural gas as a geoeconomic tool and investigating ways to leverage U.S. LNG exports to bolster European energy security. Mikulska is a senior fellow at University of Pennsylvania’s Kleinman Center for Energy Policy, where she teaches graduate-level seminars on energy policy and geopolitics of energy. She is also a fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute and is on the editorial board of the law review at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poland. Mikulska speaks Polish, English, German, Farsi and Russian. She received a law degree from Adam Mickiewicz University, a master’s degree in international relations from the University of Windsor in Canada, and a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Houston.
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