Past eventInvitation Only

The Rise and Fall of Eurasia's Westbound Pipelines? Energy and Security along the East-West Corridor

1 June 2009 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm

Chatham House, London


Dr Ariel Cohen, The Heritage Foundation



Seven years after discussions to develop the Nabucco pipeline first began, Russia continues to enjoy a virtual monopoly on the westward transit of energy from Eurasia to Europe. Numerous pipeline plans are on the table, but in many cases their commercial and political viability remain uncertain. Meanwhile, January's gas dispute between Russia and Ukraine has underlined the fragility of the current energy governance regime in Eurasia, and the urgent need for stronger political leadership to address energy security concerns.

Dr Ariel Cohen will discuss the future of energy security in Eurasia. He will examine the prospects for new transit pipeline projects, and the security and geopolitical implications of their construction - or abandonment.

Dr Cohen is Research Fellow in Russian and Eurasian Studies at the Davis International Studies Institute at the Heritage Foundation. He has consulted for the US Agency for International Development, the World Bank, the US Government, and the US Senate.

Attendance at this event is by invitation only.