Caspian Energy for Global Security

Caspian Center for Energy and Environment

Caspian Center for Energy and Environment (CCEE) of the ADA University is a core institution providing policy relevant and academic research, teaching and training, as well as variety of outreach activities in the sphere of energy and environment in the wider Caspian region.

The CCEE is the offspring of the strong belief that there is a need for a forum in energy dialogue in one of the most consequential energy regions of the world — in the wider Caspian Basin. Critical sources of inspiration have been the geographical location and functional specialization of ADA University, two features endowing the institution with a unique capacity to meet the challenge.

Azerbaijan, the cradle of oil industry, has historically been one of the most important centers of learning in energy issues. ADA University, on the other hand, has become not only the best regional university in its category, but also a forum for the liveliest debates related to the social, economic and political developments of the Caspian and Black Sea Basins in the global context.

Thanks to the generous support by and a close cooperation with the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan (SOCAR), CCEE combines the academic assets of ADA University with the practical expertise of one of the biggest energy companies in the region, projecting this exemplary cooperation to the global level.

CCEE continuously develops global knowledge networks uniting governmental and non- governmental actors, ranging from think-tanks and university departments to governmental agencies and corporate actors with a stake in the wider Caspian Basin.

CCEE studies energy and environmental issues in a comprehensive and integrated manner, guiding effective and pragmatic policies to address regional and global energy issues. It strictly adheres to the values of rigorous ethic of objectivity, critical awareness and civic engagement.


  • Organizes: Dialogues, debates, conferences and simulations
  • Gathers and Analyzes: Information on energy developments concerning the region
  • Produces: Policy relevant proposals for theors involved in the region
  • Disseminates: The accumulated knowledge through media outlets and certificate programs.
Baku Summer Energy School

What People Say About Us

It has been my privilege to attend Baku Summer Energy School. Lecturing here has always been a very interesting experience for me because the range of students this summer school attracts is very wide from all parts of the world and from different disciplines. I am an energy lawyer, so my privilege here is to talk about how energy is regulated and how those regulations drive into the contracts.

Dr. Stephen Dow
Dr. Stephen DowLecturer in Energy Law, Dundee University, UK (BSES 2017 lecturer)

I am happy that I have been a part of the Faculty of Baku Summer Energy School from its inception 12 years ago. It is nice to see its standing on its feet. The unique part of BSES is that Azerbaijan is a country that has diplomatic relations almost to every direction towards the west, towards the east, towards its south - Iran, towards its north - Russia. It is a great meeting place where an American and Iranian, a Russian and a Georgian, a Turk and an Israeli can sit around and study together.

Dr. Brenda Shaffer
Dr. Brenda ShafferVisiting Professor at Georgetown University’s Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies (BSES 2017 lecturer)

BSES has been really worthwhile over the past two weeks; I have come to learn about the interplay of geopolitics, economy, environmental legal issues as well as technology. After this program I’m better equipped to understand and hopefully participate in energy issues. It was also a great time to get to learn about Baku and Azerbaijan, and a critical part of the course was visiting some historical sites and to learn about the important cultural roots of the country. I recommend the perspective students of energy and environmental issues to give this program a torch because it’s worthwhile.

Mr. Paul Ofoche
Mr. Paul OfocheNorway (BSES 2016 participant)
Baku Summer Energy School
Baku Summer Energy School Alumni
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