Mariana Liakopoulou is a research analyst focusing on natural gas security and geopolitics of the Caspian and Central Asian energy markets, as well as of the energy markets of Southeastern and Central and Eastern Europe. She is a former non-resident research fellow in energy security and geopolitics with Caspian Policy Center (Washington DC) and a former member of the Strategy and Communication Team of the European Union Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communication and Media Studies and a Master’s in International Relations and European Studies from the University of Athens. Her Master’s thesis looks into the Caspian legal status and the riparian producers’ outlook on the European Commission’s strategy towards the Fourth/Southern Gas Corridor. Key topics of her published works to date include: the Southern Gas Corridor; European energy security strategy; regulatory steps towards the liberalization of the European energy markets and the gasification of Western Balkans; aspects of energy cooperation between the EU and the Caspian Sea littoral states; oil and gas pipeline problems and prospects in Russia and the post-soviet republics of the Caspian Sea region; the legal status of the Caspian Sea. She is fluent in English, French, Russian and Greek, and has elementary knowledge of Ukrainian.