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Thunder Over the Eastern Mediterranean

Friday, April 20, 2018

Thunder Over the Eastern Mediterranean

by Ian Lesser*

The Eastern Mediterranean has entered a worrisome period. The strategic environment is more uncertain and conflict-prone than at any point since the Imia crisis in 1996 over the islets Turkey calls Kardak. Today, the sources of risk are, if anything, more profound and widespread than in previous decades

Shell Envisions Central Role for Solar in New Report

Thursday, April 05, 2018

Shell Envisions Central Role for Solar in New Report

by Christian Roselund*

Most oil and gas supermajors are not presenting future energy scenarios in line with the Paris Climate Agreement, where renewable energy plays a central role. But apparently Shell is not your typical oil and gas supermajor


How to Avoid a US-China Trade War

Monday, March 26, 2018

How to Avoid a US-China Trade War

by Shang-Jin Wei*

The announcement by the Trump administration that the United States will sanction China for intellectual-property theft is the latest salvo in a deepening trade dispute between the two countries


Europe’s Future Oil Production Seen Viable at $60 a Barrel

Friday, March 09, 2018

Europe’s Future Oil Production Seen Viable at $60 a Barrel

by Robert Hodgson*

Europe is hardly the first place that springs to mind when thinking about the world’s major oil-producing regions, and there is a perception that the domestic industry has already seen its heyday, particularly in the North Sea.

However, although the price of crude oil has recovered only slightly since it crashed from over $100 dollars a barrel to little over a half of that through the second half of 2014, exploration continues apace

Turkish Challenges in Cyprus’s EEZ

Monday, February 26, 2018

Turkish Challenges in Cyprus’s EEZ

by Dr Theodore Kariotis*

It is well known that Turkey regards the concept of the EEZ as its most important enemy in the Eastern Mediterranean region.

Ankara sees a great opportunity in the Cyprus EEZ and is ready to make the game more difficult


Is the Trans-Caspian Gas Pipeline Really Important for Europe?

Friday, February 09, 2018

Is the Trans-Caspian Gas Pipeline Really Important for Europe?

by Marika Karayianni*

The energy-rich Central Asian nation of Turkmenistan ranks fourth globally in terms of asserted natural gas reserves with around 50 trillion cubic metres (tcm), according to the latest announcements of the state energy company Turkmengaz



Five Key Questions for 2018

Wednesday, January 03, 2018

Five Key Questions for 2018

by Ed Crooks*

In Shakespeare's Macbeth, Lady Macbeth says that the witches’ prophecies have “transported me beyond this ignorant present, and I feel now the future in the instant.”

Decarbonising Europe: Matching Aspiration With Action

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Decarbonising Europe: Matching Aspiration With Action

With renewable electricity costs going through the floor, the EU should increase its 2030 targets and aim for close to zero carbon electricity by 2040. But while power decarbonisation is crucially important, it will not be sufficient to deliver a truly zero carbon economy, writes Adair Turner*


Despite Political Rift, Greece and Turkey Develop Closer Energy Ties

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Despite Political Rift, Greece and Turkey Develop Closer Energy Ties

by Costis Stambolis*

Although there are divergent views by Greek politicians and media as to the usefulness of the visit to Greece last week by Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the first such visit in more than 60 years, it seems that overall and in spite of certain inevitable tensions, it brought the two sides closer together at a political and economic level

Greece Can Become the Energy Gateway to All Europe

Monday, December 11, 2017

Greece Can Become the Energy Gateway to All Europe

by Prof. Dr. Margarita Mathiopoulos *


Too few German entrepreneurs see Greece, and especially its energy sector, as an investment opportunity. Others are more perceptive than the Germans


Competition Heats up in Chinese Thermal Coal Import Market

Friday, December 01, 2017

Competition Heats up in Chinese Thermal Coal Import Market

by Michael Cooper*

Indonesian mid-CV thermal coal appears to be getting the upper hand over high-ash Australian coal in a battle for supremacy in the Chinese imports market, according to an analysis of S&P Global Platts price data

Europe’s Murky Eastern Energy Deals

Friday, November 24, 2017

Europe’s Murky Eastern Energy Deals

by Manana Kochladze*
Millions of euros in public money are being invested in large infrastructure projects in the EU’s eastern neighbours in total disregard for Europe’s climate goals, and local communities.


Catalonia, ‘Independencia’, Populism and the Rule of Law

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Catalonia, ‘Independencia’, Populism and the Rule of Law

by Basil A. Coronakis*

As the dust from the Catalonia adventure begins to settle, the time has come for criticism, attribution of responsibilities and some new ideas.

Let’s get to the truth of things the Socratic, no the Sophist, way

Making Airplanes Cleaner: Who Should Decide?

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Making Airplanes Cleaner: Who Should Decide?

by Bill Hemmings*

It is essential that the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and Europe retain the power to have the final say on regulating aircraft and the ability, with parliamentary oversight, to adjust future European regulations as needed to changing circumstances


 Is Turkish Stream Able to Change the Energy Developments in Europe?

Monday, October 30, 2017

Is Turkish Stream Able to Change the Energy Developments in Europe?

by Marika Karayianni*

Following the Russian-Turkish “reconciliation” after the downing of a Russian SU-24 military aircraft by a Turkish military jet on the border between Turkey and Syria, Moscow is now seeking to revive the Turkish Stream gas pipeline

Iraq Turmoil Threatens Billions in Oil Traders' Kurd Deals

Friday, October 20, 2017

Iraq Turmoil Threatens Billions in Oil Traders' Kurd Deals

by Javier Blas*

The crisis unfolding around the Iraqi city of Kirkuk has left some of the world’s largest commodity trading houses worried the country’s autonomous Kurdish region will struggle to repay billions of dollars in cash-for-oil loans


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