Book Event: Wheel of Fortune

The Battle for Oil and Power in Russia
  • Wednesday, Nov 14, 2012
  • On November 14, 2012 Thane Gustafson, Senior Director, Russian & Caspian Energy, Cambridge Energy Research Associates, will discuss his new book on the oil industry in Russia. The Russian oil industry—which vies with Saudi Arabia as the world’s largest producer and exporter of oil—is facing mounting problems that could send shock waves through the Russian economy and worldwide. Wheel of Fortune provides an authoritative account of this vital industry from the last years of communism to its uncertain future. Tracking the interdependence among Russia’s oil industry, politics, and economy, Thane Gustafson shows how the stakes extend beyond international energy security to include the potential threat of a destabilized Russia.

    Thane Gustafson is a widely recognized authority on Eurasia who has spent 35 years studying and traveling in Russia, Ukraine, and the rest of the Former Soviet Union. His expertise includes gas market development and transportation issues, including new pipelines; quality banking; Russian oil production growth and the domestic and foreign markets; US-Russian political and energy relations; regulatory and legal reform in the Russian energy sector; and gas and power reform.

    With author:
    Thane Gustafson
    Senior Director, Russian & Caspian Energy
    Cambridge Energy Research Associates
    Opening Remarks by:
    Frank A. Verrastro
    Senior Vice President & James R. Schlesinger Chair for Energy & Geopolitics
    Center for Strategic and International Studies
    Edward C. Chow
    Senior Fellow, Energy and National Security Program
    Center for Strategic and International Studies
    Moderated by:
    Dr. Andrew Kuchins
    Director and Senior Fellow, Russia and Eurasia Program
    Center for Strategic and International Studies
    Books will be available for purchase.

    A reception will begin at 6:30 p.m.

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