Brenda Shaffer


Adjunct Professor - Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies (CERES)


School of Foreign Service (SFS)
General profile


Professor Brenda Shaffer is a specialist on energy and foreign policy, energy security policies, Azerbaijan, the Caucasus, Caspian energy and Eastern Mediterranean energy issues. She currently is a Visiting Researcher at Georgetown University’s Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies (CERES). Prof. Shaffer is on sabbatical from the University of Haifa, where she is a professor in the School of Political Science. She previously served as the Research Director of the Caspian Studies Program at Harvard University. Among her articles are "Natural gas supply stability and foreign policy" (Energy Policy, 2013). She has published in Foreign Affairs the articles “Nagorno-Karabakh after Crimea,” “Pipeline Problems” and “Gas Politics after Ukraine.” Prof. Shaffer is also the author of a number of books, including Energy Politics (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2009), Borders and Brethren: Iran and the Challenge of Azerbaijani Identity (MIT Press, 2002) and editor of Beyond the Resource Curse (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2012). Prof. Shaffer served as an advisor to the Government of Israel’s Zemach Committee for natural gas policy and Israel’s Ministry of Energy and Water. She has given U.S. Congressional testimony on issues related to energy and to the Caspian region. Prof. Shaffer's op-eds have appeared in a number of newspapers and publications, including Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, International Herald Tribune, Reuters, Foreign Policy, Christian Science Monitor, and the Boston Globe.