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John Roberts: Black Sea Energy Security

Romania Energy Center (ROEC) in partnership with the Bucharest University of Economic Studies (ASE) has the pleasure to invite you to the 3rd event in the ROEC Bucharest Talks series, featuring John Roberts – the best energy security specialist in the United Kingdom. With a professional career spanning 5 decadesRoberts is a household name for anyone working in the field of energy geopolitics. He started as a reporter for Reuters in 1968, and has subsequently worked for Platts (12 years as a managing editor), Financial Times EnergyEnergy Intelligence (Roberts was one of the original founding editors of Energy Compass)Middle East Economic DigestBusiness Monitor International (BMI) and Al Hayat (the Arab World’s first independent daily newspaper). Since 1991, Roberts has been a senior partner at Methinks – a consultancy specializing in the interrelationship between energy, economic development, and politics. In his long career as a correspondent, bureau chief and analyst, he has worked in the Middle East, Asia, North America and the UK. He is currently a member of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe Group of Experts on Gas and is also a UK-based Senior Fellow with the Atlantic Council’s Eurasia Center and Global Energy Center.

He covers oil and gas infrastructure and the convoluted politics around it, energy developments in Turkey, the Caucasus, Caspian, Central Asia and Europe’s Southern Gas Corridor. His analysis is highly influential and his insight is coveted by all the important energy conferences in the region where he is a frequent speaker. Roberts has testified to UK parliamentary committees on energy issues in Northern Iraq, Turkey, Russia, Caspian, and Middle East.

His books include Caspian Pipelines (1996), Visions & Mirages: The Middle East in a New Era (1995), and Beirut, Summer of ’82 (1983).  

Among his latest think tank publications for the Atlantic Council are:

  • Three Pipelines and Three Seas: BRUA, TAP, the IAP and Gasification in Southeast Europe” (2018);
  • Completing Europe. Gas interconnections in Central and Southeastern Europe — An Update” (2016);
  • The Impact of Turkish Stream on European Energy Security and the Southern Gas Corridor” (2015). 



TOPIC: Black Sea Energy Security: Russia, Turkey, Europe and the Pipeline Game

FORMAT: Lecture


DATE: Tuesday, March 12, 2019

TIME: 5-7 pm

LOCATION: Bucharest University of Economic Studies (ASE), Aula Magna

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MEDIA PARTNERS: Energy Industry Review,   ImproMedia,   Civitas Politics, Revista 22

PARTICIPATION: FREE, with confirmation of attendance by using the form below.


John Roberts PDF Presentation: click here