Energy Security

8.04.2015

Iran in the Caucasus: A Long Haul

It will take Iran a long time to make up the ground it has lost in the South Caucasus since the end of the Soviet Union.
20.02.2015

Russo-Turkish and Russo-Indian Nuclear Cooperation: A Template for the Future?

Though largely overlooked by international media, Russia has signed several significant nuclear energy agreements over the last several months. These agreements give Russia an opportunity to develop nuclear cooperation with India, Turkey, and Iran, as well as Bangladesh, Vietnam, and Egypt, where Russia plans to build nuclear plants too.
3.12.2014

Winners and Losers in the Black Sea Gas Game

Calling time on the South Stream pipeline project, Putin announced a new Black Sea pipeline to Turkey instead. The new project could be a competitor to Azerbaijan gas ambitions, but, at the same time, it may require more collaboration in the future.
2.12.2014

OPEC Cuts Into Russian Coffers, But Will Expensive Grand Strategy Live On?

  • Yuval Weber
In reduced economic circumstances the big test for Russia is whether it will be forced to retrench, or whether Vladimir Putin will take his chances on expansionist foreign policy at a moment when there’s less money to go around to combat legitimate threats.
1.12.2014

Anxious in Ankara

Vladimir Putin’s trip to Turkey could help him recover from the cold-shouldering at the G20 summit in Brisbane, but it will not make Ankara abandon its great strategic goal to become an indispensable supplier of natural gas to Europe and a major competitor for Gazprom.
18.11.2014

Turkey’s Strategy for Turkmenistan: What Is Behind Erdoğan’s Last Visit to Ashgabat?

  • Pavel Shlykov
Turkey sees the acute energy market competition as an opportunity to establish itself both as an influential energy state and as a central Eurasian power. In this regard, choosing Turkmenistan as the site of one of the first state visits by the new Turkish president was not accidental.
21.10.2014

A Hereditary Disease

The old Soviet “enemies-are-everywhere” mentality frequently leads Russian decision makers to losses and defeat.
15.10.2014

East or West, Home Is Best

Moscow’s most recent, failed attempt to cooperate with China on the Altai gas pipeline shows that its political ambitions are not compatible with elementary arithmetic.
2.09.2014

Switching Aims

The only possible source of money for the Power of Siberia pipeline is no one else but China, and the terms of this assistance will be dictated from Beijing. The Kremlin’s inability to come to terms with the Western world does not come cheap.
31.07.2014

A Mixed Blessing?

The effect of the new sanctions on the Russian oil and gas industry might be very sensitive while at the same time saving large sums of money on projects with impossibly long payback prospects. Either way, Western governments are now doing basically what the Russian leader always wanted, staying away from Russia’s oil and gas.
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