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Security Outlook for a Trans-Afghanistan Pipeline and U.S.-Russia Relations

... protection due to its diverse and complex cultural and social societal aspects. The country, therefore, could be a centre of gravity for security support. Accomplishing the security of the pipeline depends on the following key elements, as observed by Chem-Energy Corporation CEO, Shuja H. Zaidi, who is of Pakistani descent. Increasing diplomatic and economic development support for local communities whose regions are directly involved in pipeline development. Diplomatic support should derive from countries ...


The Future of the Middle East: Horizons of Challenges and Opportunities

... thereby helping to stabilize global food markets. 2. Oil Still Matters – But Decarbonization Is Unstoppable Irina Zviagelskaya, Nikolay Surkov: Russian Policy in the Middle East: Dividends and Costs of the Big Game Up to the year 2025, the overall energy demand is expected to increase in MENA countries (plus 15 percent, global average being plus 25 percent). The structure of energy balances in the region is gradually changing in favor of renewable sources, even if this transition takes longer than ...


Russia’s Interests in the Arab Mashreq: Analyzing the Future of Oil and Gas in Iraq and Syria

... Russian International Affairs Council as part of the RIAC’s project on «Conflicts in the Middle East: Tools and Strategies for Settlement». This paper is devoted to analyzing the situation in the oil and gas market in Iraq and Syria, as well as the energy policy of Russia in the Arab Mashreq region. The authors also analyze Iraq’s oil prospects in the post-war period under sanctions against Iran. Special attention is paid to the Kurdish factor and the role the Kurds play in the future of energy ...


China’s Energy Policy: Flexible, but Unshakeable

China’s flexible energy policy and the US sanctions against Iran and Venezuela In the last few years, China’s energy policy has changed radically owing to both the changed priorities in domestic policy and sharp bifurcations in the international situation. As the ...


Iran’s Oil Sector under Renewed Sanctions: Adopting to the New Reality

... the nuclear deal was struck, two years after most Western economic sanctions had been lifted and before Donald Trump’s May 2018 decision to withdraw from the deal, Iran still lagged behind on its planned economic revitalization and renovation of its energy sector. In fact, Iran failed to significantly increase its oil production, to upgrade its oil and gas infrastructure and to revitalize its economy. A whole set of factors contributed to this, including continued limitations placed on Iran by the ...


"Sanctions and World Energy" Round Table

On June 5, 2019, a round table on “Sanctions and World Energy” was held at Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC). Ivan Timofeev, RIAC Director of Programs, and Adam Stulberg, Director of the Center for International Strategy, Technology, and Policy (CISTP) in the Sam Nunn School of International ...


New Horizons of the Iran Nuclear Deal

... Pakistan. Now, however, it is difficult to be confident about the reliability of the non-proliferation regime, even though its system of guarantees has been brought up to date by the Additional Protocol . Today, the generation and utilization of nuclear energy is no longer restricted to a small group of countries capable of financing the construction of expensive nuclear facilities. Even though nuclear power plants continue to be extremely costly to build, an increasing number of countries are entertaining ...


Back to “Normalcy”

... compete with Russia pricewise. In November 2018, the U.S. Department of State expressed concern over Europe purchasing Russia’s LNG, believing that it increases Europe’s dependence on Russia and in the final analysis allegedly undercuts Europe’s energy security. Solving its own energy problems in the remote regions of the AZRF, Russia intends to site a floating nuclear power plant (FNPP) in Pevek (Chukotka). Currently, nuclear fuel is being loaded on the FNPP in Murmansk, and in 2019, it will ...


RIAC Partners Discuss Energy Sector of Georgia and Abkhazia

On October 10, 2018, international conference on regional energy security in the Greater Caucasus was held at Savoy Hotel in Moscow. Timur Makhmutov, RIAC Deputy Director of Programs, made welcoming remarks. On October 10, 2018, international conference on regional energy security in the Greater Caucasus was ...


The Fight for Nord Stream 2: The Interests of all the Players Involved

... was soon followed by the refusal of the authorities in that country to go ahead with the Gazprom project to build South Stream on its territory. Even earlier, the U.S. Department of State created the post of United States Special Envoy for Eurasian Energy (in the Caspian region), originally occupied by Clayland Boyden Gray (2008–2009), and then by Richard L. Morningstar (2009–2012). In order to support American gas producers, the U.S. authorities are trying to clear the market of competition ...


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