Mariana Liakopoulou works in the Strategy and Communication team of the Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators. A former non-resident fellow with Caspian Policy Center (Washington, D.C.), she holds a Master’s degree in International Relations and European Studies from the University of Athens. Her Master’s thesis, recently published in English, focuses on the Caspian legal status and riparian producers’ outlook on the European Commission’s strategy towards the Southern Gas Corridor. The views expressed in this article are solely her own and should not be taken to reflect those of her current or past employers.