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Dr. Frank Umbach
2011 Fukushima disaster brought nuclear energy development programs around the
world to a screeching halt – temporarily. Though Germany plans to fully phase
out nuclear power production, Japan has brought several reactors back online,
and other countries have restarted construction on nuclear plants. These
developments have had huge geopolitical effects: Germany’s fossil fuel imports
from Russia have grown, while China has found an opening to increase its sway
on four continents by financing nuclear projects.
In December 2015, the European Union and Kazakhstan signed a new “enhanced partnership and cooperation agreement,” which, among other things, calls for greater collaboration on energy issues. Closer ties – whether in the form of natural gas supplies or green technologies – could benefit both sides. However, the success of the initiative depends on how they approach...
Energy is a potent currency in geopolitical relations. For an example, look no further than Europe, where France and Russia have been engaged in an unspoken struggle for primacy in the nuclear power industry. At first France took the lead, as Areva looked like a global champion that could potentially free Europe from its dependence on carbon-emitting fuels – espec...
Dr. Emmanuel Martin