Energy executives from two of the world’s leading oil and gas companies recently gave talks to MAERES students as part of the course “Caspian Sea Energy Resources: Theory and Practice” led by Prof. Brenda Shaffer. The students heard from Mr. Seymour Khalilov, Vice-President of Special Projects in BP America, about BP’s strategies in the Caspian over the last 25 years. The following week Mr. Ben Priddy, International Government Affairs Advisor in Chevron’s DC office and a MAERES graduate, came to talk about Chevron’s work in the Caspian region, with special emphasis on Kazakhstan.
MAERES students recently visited the Embassies of Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan as part of the course “Caspian Sea Energy Resources: Theory and Practice” led by Prof. Brenda Shaffer. The students met with the Ambassador of Azerbaijan to the United States, H.E. Elin Suleymanov, and in a following trip met with the Deputy Chief of Mission of the Kazakhstan embassy, Mr. Yerkin K. Akhinzhanov. Students got a chance to hear firsthand of recent developments in the Caucasus and Central Asia regions, the energy resource development strategies of Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan, and discussed U.S. relations with the two states. Prof. Shaffer’s course examines the main trends in Caspian oil and natural gas production and export, and looks at the influence of Caspian energy production on the political, social, economic and environmental developments of the Caspian region and their global implications.