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The strategic energy ellipse is one of the hottest geopolitical regions in the world - home to vast reserves of oil and gas and stretching from western Siberia to the Arabian Peninsula. Critically, Iran and Iraq are at its centre. As Russia eases out of the picture as the main provider of energy to Europe – several others are looking to take its place. The axing of...
Dr. Friedemann Mueller
Initial Balkan enthusiasm for Russia’s South Stream gas pipeline and the chance for the region to be at the energy crossroads for Europe has faded. But energy remains at the centre of a geopolitical battleground involving Europe and Russian President Vladimir Putin’s ambitions to rebuild a wider Russia. There is no sign his ambition will end in Crimea.
Professor Dr. Blerim Reka
The consortium developing the Shaz Deniz 2 gas field in Azerbaijan has put off its final decision over who will build the pipeline from Azerbaijan to Europe until next year. The second in the series on the Eurasian pipeline looks at how the contenders vying for the contract are adapting to the new entrant, the TANAP project, the joint venture between Azerbaijan and...
Dr. Frank Umbach