Robert ("RJ") Johnston is the director of Eurasia Group's Global Energy & Natural Resources practice. He specializes in energy and commodities research as well as client relations. He received his PhD in international relations from American University in Washington, DC. A native of Canada, he also holds a master's degree in political science from McMaster University and a bachelor's degree in political studies from Bishop's University.
Previously, he was a managing director of equity research at Medley Global Advisors, where he was responsible for providing political and strategic insights to clients in the institutional investment community and served as the lead analyst for global energy equities. Prior to that, RJ was a research director at UBS Warburg Energy, working directly in support of energy trading. Before UBS, RJ directed internal research teams supporting oil, LNG, metals, and FX trading at Enron Global Markets. At ArmorGroup, RJ directed political risk research for corporate clients in a variety of markets including China, Russia, Colombia, and Indonesia.