Date: February 16, 2017
Location: UMW Dahlgren Campus – University Hall (Room 110)
Refreshments will be served at 8:00am, and the lecture begins promptly at 8:30am.
The lecture is open to the public.
Summary: Nations pursue energy security because of its intimate ties to prosperity in peacetime and mobility in times of crisis or war. This lecture will examine emerging trends in energy technology as well as the price of energy and direction of energy flows, with an eye towards illuminating the strategic implications for both importing and exporting nations.
Bio: Dr. Theresa Sabonis-Helf is a Professor of National Security Strategy at the National War
College in Washington DC, where she has taught since 2001. She specializes in energy
security, international energy politics, and politics of Central Asia and the Caucasus. She
is also an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University in the Science, Technology and
International Affairs Program; and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She
has served on the NATO Defence College’s Academic Advisory Board, and on Admiral
Stavridis’ European Command Advisory Panel during his tenure as Supreme Allied
Commander, European Forces. She is currently on sabbatical, conducting research in
Central Asia and the Caucasus on the security implications of transboundary electricity
She previously worked as a Visiting Fellow at the US Agency for International
Development; as an Energy and Environment Policy Advisor for the Harvard Institute for
International Development; and as a Policy Analyst for think tanks in the United States
and Russia. She has lived and worked in seven countries of the former USSR, has
assisted two nations with the development of their first National Security Strategies, and
has co-edited a volume on Central Asia’s political and economic transition. She has also
published and lectured extensively on climate change policies, post-Soviet energy and
environmental issues, Russian energy behavior, regional and international energy trade,
and the politics of electricity.