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Energy Security: Risks and Advantages of Partnering with Russia

A presentation by MARTHA BRILL OLCOTT, Senior Associate, Russian and Eurasian Program, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, D.C., at the conference on Security Issues and Impacts: Comparative Perspectives on Europe and Eurasia, UCLA, June 1, 2007

Dr. Olcott specializes in the problems of transitions in Central Asia and the Caucasus as well as the security challenges in the Caspian region more generally. She has followed interethnic relations in Russia and the states of the former Soviet Union for more than 25 years and has traveled extensively in these countries and in South Asia. She is the author of numerous books and publications, among them Central Asia’s Second Chance (2005), which examines the economic and political development of this ethnically diverse and strategically vital region in the context of the changing security threats post 9/11; Vladimir Putin and Russia's Energy Policy (2005); KAZMUNAIGAZ: Kazakhstan's National Oil and Gas Company (2007). In addition to her work in Washington, Dr. Olcott co-directs the Carnegie Moscow Center Project on Religion, Society, and Security in the former Soviet Union. She is a Professor Emerita of Political Science at Colgate University, where she taught from 1974 to 2002. Dr. Olcott served for five years as a director of the Central Asian American Enterprise Fund. Prior to her work at the Carnegie Endowment, she served as a special consultant to former Secretary of State Lawrence Eagleburger. Soon after 9/11, she was selected by Washingtonian magazine for its list of “71 People the President Should Listen To” about the war on terrorism.

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