Global and regional Connectivity, Transport, Logistics, Energy Policy, Value and Supply chains, Trade in Eurasia (including Eastern Europe and China), Regional cooperation and alliances (EAEU, BRI), Eastern Partnership, Global Governance/International Order, Russia, China, Kasachstan, Usbekistan, Eastern Europe
Since 2019 Research Associate in the Projekt »Geopolitics of the Energy Transformation«
2018-2019 Research Fellow and Projectmanager, German Council on Foreign Relations, Robert Bosch Center for Middle-Eastern, Europe, Russia, Central Asia
2016-2017 Adjunct Professor, Associate Faculty Member, Edwin O Reischauer Center for Asian and East-Asian Studies, SAIS, Johns Hopkins University, Washington, DC.
2012-2013 Lecturer, Moscow University of Railway Engineering-Chair Geopolitics and Economy of Transport and Energy Systems
2011-2015 Research Fellow, Freie Universität Berlin Centre for Caspian Energy and Environmental Studies
The future of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline is in the spotlight following the poisoning of Alexei Navalny. Tough political decisions are on the table. Kirsten Westphal, Maria Pastukhova and Jacopo Maria Pepe identify four aspects that need to be considered.