I am the Project Lead for the EU Commission Jean Monnet Energy Policy Workshop research initiative at the Centre for European Studies at The Australian National University (ANU). My areas of research are polar geopolitics, Arctic energy development and Russian foreign energy strategy more broadly as well as critical infrastructure security.
I completed my PhD on Russian Arctic strategy under Vladimir Putin in 2017 and I hold an Honours degree in Russian-Ukrainian natural gas relations. In 2017 I was the Maritime Fellow at NATO’s Defense College where she examined the GIUK gap threat and sea cable security.
I have published widely on Russian energy strategy and Arctic affairs with Foreign Affairs, The Lowy Institute, The Australian Institute for International Affairs, The Moscow Times and The Australian. In 2015, I was a Visiting Scholar with The Brookings Institution’s Foreign Policy unit. I have experience in the private oil sector, as an assistant Course Convenor on the ANU Strategic and Defence Studies Centre (SDSC) teaching staff and was a 2018 Australian Institute of International Affairs Early Career Research awardee.
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My publications include:
Buchanan, Elizabeth. 2019. “Russian gas export could disrupt Australia’s LNG dream.” The Australian, 8 January. https://www.theaustralian.com.au.
Buchanan, Elizabeth. 2018. “Russia’s New Commanding Role in the Arctic (Op-ed).” The Moscow Times, 19 September. https://themoscowtimes.com/articles/russias-new-commanding-role-in-the-new-arctic-op-ed-62927.
Buchanan, Elizabeth. 2018. “Sea cables in a thawing Arctic.” The Interpreter, 1 February. https://www.lowyinstitute.org/the-interpreter/sea-cables-thawing-arctic.
Buchanan, Elizabeth. 2015. “Arctic Thaw: Arctic Cooperation and Russian Rapprochement.” Foreign Affairs 95( 1) https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/russian-federation/2016-01-21/arctic-thaw.