Engagement in the Caspian region is an effective way to improve transatlantic cooperation, says Richard Morningstar. As the current US Special Representative for the Caspian Region, Morningstar foresees European over-dependence on Russian resources decreasing as a result of Caspian engagement. Russia could lose influence in neighboring countries. While US policy makers have always focused on the Caspian region (known for its vast energy resources), their European counterparts have failed to do so, resulting in dependency on Russian oil and gas. Although many European companies—BP, Shell, TotalFinaElf, Statoil—are involved in the region, their host governments display little interest.