Pipelines and Politics, Part I: Q&A for Educators

Event Format

Pipelines are inherently political, “…veins of geopolitical power.” Russia, rich with energy resources, holds the largest natural gas reserves in the world and is in the top ten nations for known oil reserves. How does Russia use these reserves to their political advantage in Europe and Eurasia? How does energy demand impact international relations in the region? Our spring teacher workshop will consider exactly these questions. Participating educators will also have the opportunity to participate in a negotiation simulation around pipelines, considering strategies from various national perspectives when it comes to laying oil pipelines.

This workshop, intended for high school and community college educators, will consist of three distinct parts:

  1. A pre-recorded video interview with Dr. Rawi Abdelal regarding the geopolitics of energy in Eurasia, which will be made available to registrants in early May.
  2. A live Q&A conversation with Dr. Abdelal on Wednesday, May 19, 2021 at 4pm EDT.
  3. negotiation simulation around pipelines with Dr. Arvid Bell, Director of the Negotiation Task Force, on Wednesday, May 26, 2021 at 3:30pm EDT.

Registration for this workshop is now closed. 


The Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact us at 617-495-4037 or daviscenter@fas.harvard.edu in advance of your participation or visit. Requests for Sign Language interpreters and/or CART providers should be made at least two weeks in advance if possible. Please note that the Davis Center will make every effort to secure services but that services are subject to availability.