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Dr. Sara Vakhshouri to teach course on energy security this fall

Dr. Sara Vakhshouri

This coming fall semester, Dr. Sara Vakhshouri, the founder and president of SVB Energy International, a strategic energy consulting firm, will be teaching a new course at The Institute of World Politics. This new course, Energy Security and the New Geopolitics of Energy, will focus on the transformation of energy use over the past century and on expanding our understanding of today’s concepts of energy and how they fit within the rubric of national security.

Dr. Vakhshouri is currently an Adjunct Professor of Energy Security at The Institute of World Politics. She has about two decades of experience of working in the energy industry with extensive experience in global energy market studies, energy security, and geopolitical risk, and she has consulted numerous public and private sector energy and policy leaders.

Dr. Vakhshouri has been based in Washington, D.C. since 2009, where she has advised U.S. and European governments, investment banks, financial institutions, law firms, and international corporations on energy markets, trading and pricing, the geopolitics of energy, and investment patterns. She has published articles in numerous journals, including The Economist, Middle East Economic Survey, and Oil and Gas Journal. Dr. Vakhshouri has been the keynote speaker at many energy conferences, including Chatham House, Platts Oil and Middle East conferences, LNG Global Congress, and other international oil, gas, and energy conferences.

The new course will be multi-disciplinary and has the goal of achieving an analytical perspective on global energy security and geopolitics of energy, supply and demand, and prices. It will provide a comprehensive introduction to the global energy market, as well as different aspects of the oil and gas industry. It will ultimately focus on discussions of energy security and the geopolitics of energy. However, it is still broad enough to touch upon regional politics, economic markets, political strategy, and even technological developments. Dr. Vakhshouri will challenge students to be able to assess and measure risks and define different scenarios for energy security in the context of national security for an individual country or a region.

The course will be an elective for the new Middle East Regional Studies Specialization for the M.A. in Statecraft and National Security Affairs and the M.A. in Statecraft and International Affairs