Perspectives on Central Asian Hydrocarbons, Pipelines, and Transit Corridors


Central Asia is rich in hydrocarbons and, in principle, can send them in all directions. Demand signals come from the East, South, and the West. How much additional supply can come from the region? What are the most likely pipelines and transit corridors to be built and developed in the coming decade?

On Thursday, May 30, the Center for the National Interest hosted the fourth in a monthly series of expert discussions organized by the Center’s Central Asia Connectivity Project.

—Tatiana Mitrova is a Research Fellow at Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy. She has twenty-five years of experience in dealing with Russian, FSU and global energy markets, including production, transportation, demand, energy policy, pricing, and market restructuring. From February 2017 to December 2020, Dr. Mitrova was the Executive Director of the Energy Center of the Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO, a graduate business-school. From 2006 to 2011, she served as Head of Research in the Oil and Gas Department in the Energy Research Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

—Edward C. Chow is Senior Associate in the Energy Security and Climate Change Program at CSIS. He is an international energy expert with more than four decades of industry experience working in Asia, the Middle East, Africa, South America, Europe, Russia, and the Black Sea and Caspian regions. Chow spent twenty years with Chevron Corporation in headquarter and overseas assignments, including head of international external relations and country manager in China.

—Greg Priddy is Senior Fellow for the Middle East at the Center for the National Interest. He also consults for corporate and financial clients on political risk in the region and global energy markets. From 2006 to 2018, Mr. Priddy was Director, Global Oil, at Eurasia Group. In that capacity, he traveled frequently to the Middle East and was deeply involved in the firm’s coverage of security issues in the region as well as research projects for government clients, including the National Intelligence Council (NIC). Prior to that, from 1999 to 2006, Mr. Priddy worked as a contractor for the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) at the U.S. Department of Energy.

Andrew Kuchins, Senior Fellow at the Center for the National Interest, will moderate.

The Central Asia Connectivity Project’s first three events on Russia, Afghanistan, and the Gulf States are available to watch now on our website and YouTube.