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Morena Skalamera

Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Geopolitics of Energy Project

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Telephone: (617) 495-8448
Email: morena_skalamera@hks.harvard.edu

 

Experience

Morena Skalamera recently completed her Ph.D in Political Science and International Relations at the University of Trieste. Her Ph.D. dissertation dealt with European-Russian energy cooperation and was funded by the International University Institute for European Studies (IUIES) with a grant to carry out research abroad. Her dissertation was primarily focused on understanding the lack of binding institutionalization of the EU-Russia energy relationship despite the high degree of interdependence between the two sides. She holds a B.A. and M.A. (summa cum laude) in Political Science and International Relations from the University of Trieste. During her M.A. studies, she spent a semester at Eckerd College in Florida, where she connected with professors who piqued her research interest in Russia-EU energy politics. During 2010-2011 she was a visiting student at the University of Westminster (London) where she completed a course in Diplomacy. She has attended many international conferences on energy issues, including 'Scenario Work on Eurasian Gas 2030' at Columbia University. She has also written several articles in the realm of politics as related to the EU-Russia Energy Security relations. During her tenure at the Belfer Center, she will be conducting research on a new project: "The Sino-Russian Gas Relationship and China’s disruptive rise in Energy and Geopolitics." Her areas of expertise and interest include: energy cooperation between the EU and Russia, global energy governance, geopolitical and strategic issues arising from the unequal distribution of global energy resources (in particular, natural gas), the role of technological breakthroughs, the Sino-Russian energy cooperation and the making of the United States’ foreign and security policies. In the summer of 2013 she will be teaching a seminar on the Geopolitics of Energy at the Peking University School of Government in Beijing (China).

 

 

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2015

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Summer 2015

"The Ukraine Crisis: The Neglected Gas Factor"

Journal Article, Orbis, issue 3, volume 59

By Morena Skalamera, Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Geopolitics of Energy Project

The current Ukraine crisis is often portrayed as a contest between Ukraine's desire to adopt West European standards of living and its historical pull towards Russia's sphere of influence. 

 

 

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April 23, 2015

"Italy’s Path to Gas Liberalisation"

Journal Article, Contemporary Italian Politics

By Morena Skalamera, Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Geopolitics of Energy Project

 

Existing studies show that, on average, national champions in energy-rich states tend to ‘stick around’ by maintaining strong links with their respective governments in the distribution of rents. Yet the foundations of preference formation—the particular role of national champions, their relationship to their respective governments and a limited number of third suppliers in that process—have neither been theorised nor investigated empirically in countries that are net importers of gas.

 

 

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March 2015

"The Sino-Russian Rapprochement: Energy Relations in a New Era"

Paper

By Morena Skalamera, Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Geopolitics of Energy Project

The United States could enhance or threaten China’s energy security but China was unsure of the U.S. intentions. China and the United States were both friends and potential foes. In the meantime, Russia’s own ambivalent relationship with the United States and its Western allies has worsened. In this context, China and Russia have grown closer. 

 

 

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February 13, 2015

"China Can't Solve Russia’s Energy Technology Trap"

Op-Ed, The Diplomat

By Morena Skalamera, Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Geopolitics of Energy Project

While the EU has been historically dependent on Russian oil and gas supplies, this dependence has proved to be a two-way street, with Russia dependent on European goods and technology. This trade has nonetheless remained asymmetrical: Russia imports equipment, consumer goods, and high value-added products (such as luxury garments, cars, and foods), while it exports raw materials.

 

 

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February 6, 2015

"Climate policy according to Gazprom"

Paper

By Morena Skalamera, Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Geopolitics of Energy Project

As Russian dreams of becoming a ‘great ecological power’ fade, Gazprom, it seems, has been driving climate policy all along.

 

2014

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December 16, 2014

"Putin's Asia Strategy for 2015"

Op-Ed, N/A

By Morena Skalamera, Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Geopolitics of Energy Project

In the midst of a confrontation between Russia and the West evocative of the Cold War, Russia has reinforced its pivot to Asia.

 

 

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November, 2014

The Sino-Russian Gas Partnership: Explaining the 2014 Breakthrough

Paper

By Morena Skalamera, Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Geopolitics of Energy Project

As Moscow’s relations with the West deteriorate, Putin seeks to show the world and the Russian people that he has alternative friends to the East. Be that as it may, the incentives leading to the mega deal were in place much earlier. This paper proposes a framework for assessing the deal along three dimensions: 1) gas trade and energy security implications; 2) regional- and global policy-related implications; and 3) prospects for the future.

 

 

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October 29, 2014

"EU Must Resist Temptation of Energy Union"

Op-Ed, Moscow Times

By Morena Skalamera, Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Geopolitics of Energy Project

Energy politics may ultimately define the shape of relations between Russia and the West during this latest crisis in Ukraine. Fears of a cold European winter without adequate amounts of natural gas from Russia are outweighing U.S.-led pressure for tougher sanctions against Moscow.

 

 

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May 26, 2014

"Russia's Gas Pact With China Not About Ukraine"

Op-Ed, Moscow Times

By Morena Skalamera, Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Geopolitics of Energy Project

After a decade of delays, on May 21 Russia and China clinched a $400 billion 30-year deal on the delivery of 38 billion cubic meters of gas per year starting in 2018. In Shanghai, President Vladimir Putin called the deal an "epic event."

 

 

May 2014

"Booming Synergies in Sino-Russian Natural Gas Partnership"

Paper

By Morena Skalamera, Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Geopolitics of Energy Project

A central debate in the study of energy geopolitics concerns the relative importance of the Sino-Russian energy alliance and the lack of the long awaited deal in natural gas. The deadlock in natural gas is all the more puzzling when contrasted to the two countries’ flourishing ties in oil. In this paper, Morena Skalamera explores these developments by comparing the outcomes of the two deals and highlighting the distinctiveness of oil trade vis-à-vis gas trade.

 

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