Agnia Grigas

Senior Fellow, Eurasia Center, Atlantic Council

English, German

Senior Fellow, Eurasia Center, Atlantic Council

English, German


Dr. Agnia Grigas is a nonresident senior fellow with the Atlantic Council’s Eurasia Center. She speaks and publishes on energy, security, and foreign policy regarding Europe, the post-Soviet space, Russia, and the Baltic states.

She is the author of three books: The New Geopolitics of Gas (Harvard University Press,  2017), Beyond Crimea: The New Russian Empire (Yale University Press, 2016) and The Politics of Energy and Memory Between the Baltic States and Russia (Ashgate, 2013).

In the private sector, Dr. Grigas has more than a decade of experience as an adviser to corporations and government institutions. Her clients have included the likes of Barclays Bank, where she led its international growth initiatives including opening a global strategic engineering center in Lithuania. Previously, she worked as an associate with leading global consultancy Eurasia Group, where she advised on emerging markets for its multinational clients. She began her career as a financial analyst at JP Morgan, where she worked on Eurobond issuance for corporations and governments.

Dr. Grigas also served as an adviser on energy security and the economy for the Lithuanian Minister of Foreign Affairs (2008-2009), focusing on regional gas diversification solutions and foreign direct investment.

She has held various fellowships including the Truman national security fellowship (2015-2016), and since 2014 she has been a nonresident senior fellow at the McKinnon Center for Global Affairs at Occidental College. She collaborates with prominent American and European research institutions and has published studies for the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies, The Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House), Johns Hopkins APL, and Notre Europe Jacques Delors Institute, among others.

An experienced communicator on screen, in print, and in person, she is an official contributor to the Hill and a frequent media commentator in outlets including CNN, Forbes, LA Business Journal, Bloomberg, and Reuters.

Dr. Grigas earned her master’s and a doctorate in international relations from the University of Oxford and graduated cum laude with a BA in politics and economics from Columbia University. She resides in Washington, DC.