Seminar - February 18, 2020

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Natural Gas: The Next 10 Years

February 18, 2020
1200 – 1250
ME Auditorium


Mr. Nikos Tsafos 

Senior Fellow, Energy and National Security Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies 



The world’s natural gas system will change fundamentally in the next decade. Structural shifts that have taken place over the past twenty years will accelerate, almost completing the transition towards a market that is flexible and global. But this decade will also see the rise of four mega players who might try to bend the system to their will—Russia, the United States, Qatar and China. And at the same time, the next ten years will reveal how gas will fare in the energy transition—whether it will make inroads in markets where it can help us deliver on our carbon challenge, and whether it will fend off competing fuels and technologies vying for the same market.



Nikos Tsafos is a senior fellow with the Energy and National Security Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). His research interests include natural gas, the geopolitics of energy, the future of mobility, and the energy transition more broadly. Nikos has advised companies and governments in over 30 countries on some of the world’s most complex energy projects, and his experience includes market analysis, strategy formulation, due diligence, and support for commercial negotiations and project development.

Nikos led PFC Energy's (now IHS Markit) global gas consulting practice and was responsible for the firm's research agenda on global gas. He then spent 3.5 years as a commercial adviser to the Alaska State Legislature, focused largely on the $43 billion Alaska liquefied natural gas project. He was also an adjunct lecturer for four years at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), where he taught a graduate-level course on natural gas. He holds a B.A. in international relations and economics, with a minor in statistics, from Boston University, and an M.A. in international relations from Johns Hopkins SAIS.



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Naval Postgraduate School 
Chair, Energy Academic Group
Monterey CA 93943
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