Brenda Shaffer

Prof. Shaffer is a specialist on energy and foreign policy, global energy markets and regulatory trends, energy security policies, Azerbaijan, ethnic politics in Iran, the Caucasus, and energy in the Caspian and Eastern Mediterranean.

Prof. Shaffer is the author of a number of books related to these issues: Energy Politics (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2009), Borders and Brethren: Iran and the Challenge of Azerbaijani Identity (MIT Press, 2002) and Partners in Need: The Strategic Relationship of Russia and Iran (Washington Institute for Near East Policy, 2001). She has also served as the editor for Beyond the Resource Curse (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2012) and Limits of Culture: Islam and Foreign Policy (MIT Press, 2006).

Professor Brenda Shaffer is a Senior Nonresident Fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Global Energy Center. She is also a Visiting Researcher and Professor at Georgetown University’s Center for Center for Eurasian, Russian and Eastern European Studies (CERES). She is currently on sabbatical from the University of Haifa, where she is a professor in the School of Political Science.

She regularly speaks about, and provides analysis on, energy and foreign policy issues, and she has provided testimony before the U.S. Congress on issues related to European energy security and the Caspian region.

Prof. Shaffer’s published articles have included “Natural gas supply stability and foreign policy” (Energy Policy, 2013), and three contributions to Foreign Affairs: Nagorno-Karabakh after Crimea,” “Pipeline Problems” and “Gas Politics after Ukraine.” Her opinion columns have appeared in national and international publications, including the Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The New York Times, International Herald Tribune, and CNBC.  In addition, she has been interviewed for dozens of television, print and radio stories, including with CNBC, Bloomberg, Fox Business News, CNN, NPR, BBC World Service, USA Today, Christian Science Monitor, and others.

Prof. Shaffer holds a PhD degree from Tel Aviv University, and was a post-doctoral fellow at the International Security Program at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. She previously served as the Research Director for the Caspian Studies Program at Harvard University.

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