With the deepest sorrow and a heavy heart, the team of the Bulgaria Analytica lets you know the founder and Chairman of the Board of the Center for Balkan and Black Sea Studies, a friend and a partner passed away in the early hours of the 28th of July, 2019. His legacy will live in time as his work, analyses, commentaries, presentations, interviews, lectures will continue to serve as a guide for the current and future generations of readers. He was a true son of his father, Rayko Alexiev, who was tortured to death by the totalitarian regime in Bulgaria. After years of repression, he fled Bulgaria in 1968 and settled in the US, where he had a remarkable life, starting with his graduation from the University of California,

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      Thank you for those kind remarks and thanks for the opportunity to be here with you all again. As I mentioned, we’ve been very busy since president Trump was elected and as Alex mentioned I served on the president’s transition team and there we did a lot. Mike Mckenna who is with us here was on that team as well as my US colleagues.   One of the most important things we did on that transition team was put together the president’s energy blueprint. A lot of the things that have been going on in the last two years in the administration derive from his promises on the campaign trail that were put into place for use through the transition and beyond obviously. One of the things


AGENDA             SPEAKERS              REGISTRATION               CONTACT US   Alex Alexiev (Chairman of Center for Balkan and Black Sea Studies): Ilian Vassilev (Member of the Board of Center for Balkan and Black sea studies): Irina Draganova (Event manager):;; +359 884 111 242 Katerina Grancharova (Website master):;; +359 889 416 343    


    AGENDA             SPEAKERS              REGISTRATION               CONTACT US   The Event takes place in Sofia, Bulgaria on April 29-30. And with presentations by top Speakers, including Tom Pyle, Steven Hayward, Lucian (Lou) Pugliaresi, Mike McKenna and  Mikhail Krutikhin.                             Tom Pyle               Steven Hayward           Lucian (Lou) Pugliaresi                    Mike McKenna                     Mikhail Krutikhin     Tom Pyle – Chairman of Institute for Energy Research (IER) in Washington D.C. and the American Energy Alliance also in D.C. Pyle was chairman of President Trump’s transition team for Energy


  AGENDA               SPEAKERS             REGISTRATION               CONTACT US   PROGRAM OUTLINE 29.04.2019 16:00 – Registration 17:00 – 18:30 – Opening Session THE STATE OF THE NATURAL GAS MARKET – TRENDS, OPPORTUNITIES FOR DIVERSIFICATION, SUPPLY ALTERNATIVES AND TRANSIT. Moderator: Alex Alexiev, Chairman of Center for Balkan and Black Sea Studies Keynote Speaker: Tom Pyle – American Energy under Trump. Problems and Prospects Steve Hayward – The Energy Revolution and America’s Foreign Policy Mikhail Krutikhin, RusEnergy – A look from Moscow Ivan Ivanov, Chairman, Bulgarian Regulator, KEVR – Regulatory frameworks for LNG imports Ambassador Ilian Vassilev – Level Playing field for LNG, the Geopolitical Impact for the CEE 19:00 – Dinner (by invitation) With the special participation and address of Prime Minister Boyko Borissov   30.04.2019 8:45 – 9:00 – Coffee &