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Play Video PRESENTATION and live video webcast:
EU’s Response to Central Europe’s Energy Security

With Alexandros Petersen, Atlantic Council, and Ambassador Keith Smith, Senior Associate, Energy and National Security Program at Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)
Moderator: Roman Kupchinsky, Jamestown Foundation

Friday, July 24 at 10:00 a.m. (EST)


Alexandros Petersen is Dinu Patriciu Fellow for Transatlantic Energy Security and Associate Director of the Eurasia Energy Center at the Atlantic Council of the United States.  He came to the Council from the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, where he served as Southeast Europe Policy Scholar and the Center for Strategic and International Studies, where he was an Adjunct Fellow with the Russia and Eurasia Program.  Previously, he served as Program Director of the Caspian Europe Center in Brussels and Senior Researcher at the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London.  In 2006, he was a Visiting Scholar at the Georgian Foundation for Strategic and International Studies in Tbilisi.  He has also provided research for the U.S. National Petroleum Council’s Geopolitics and Policy Task Group and the Council on Foreign Relations Task Force on Russian-American Relations.

Petersen regularly provides analysis for publications such as The Economist, Wall Street Journal, International Herald Tribune, Washington Times, Moscow Times, Kyiv Post, Hurriyet, and Georgia Today, among many others.  He is also a frequent contributor to journals such as Europe’s World, Insight Turkey, and the Journal of International Security Affairs.  He serves on the Board of Young Professionals in Foreign Policy and the Editorial Board of Millennium: Journal of International Studies.  Petersen received a BA in War Studies with First Class Honors from King’s College London and an MSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics.



From 2003 to the present, Ambassador Smith has been a Senior Associate at CSIS, first in the center’s Russia/Eurasia Program and now in the Energy and National Security Program.  At CSIS, he specializes in European and Russian energy issues.  He is also a consultant to American energy companies. Until the year 2000, Ambassador Smith was in the diplomatic service, where he specialized predominantly in European affairs. He retired after being U.S. Ambassador to Lithuania.  He also served at U.S. embassies in Hungary (twice), Norway, and Estonia. He was also Director of Policy for Europe, Senior Adviser to the deputy secretary of state for support of East European democracy (SEED Program), and Director of Foreign Area Studies at the Foreign Service Institute.  Since joining CSIS, his articles have been carried in the International Herald Tribune, Financial Times, and several European newspapers and journals on international affairs. He discussed Russian-European energy issues on BBC World, CNN, CNBC and French, Polish, Estonian, Hungarian, Ukrainian, Belgium and Norwegian television.



Roman Kupchinsky was born in Vienna, Austria and immigrated to the United States in 1949. He graduated with a degree in Political Science from Long Island University; served in the US Army as a rifle platoon leader in Vietnam. From 1978-1988 was President of Prolog Research Corp., a Ukrainian language publishing house and research company. From 1990-2002 was Director of the Ukrainian service of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. From 2002-2008 was a senior analyst at RFE/RL. He is the author of numerous articles on Ukrainian affairs, Russian energy and international politics. He edited RFE’s Organized Crime and Corruption Watch as well as two collections of samizdat articles “The Nationality Problem in the USSR” and “Pogrom in Ukraine”. He lives in Arlington, Virginia and can be contacted at Romkp@aol.com.

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