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May 2014

The US-Turkish energy partnership in a changing world of energy and geopolitics

31 May in ENERGY, ENERGY ACADEMY

Published by HurriyetDaily News | May/31/2014   MEHMET ÖĞÜTÇÜ – PAUL MICHAEL WIHBEY Energy and geopolitics, which cannot be treated in isolation from one another, today dominate both Turkish and American strategic thinking more than any time in the history of their bilateral relations. With the stroke of a pen that closed the historic $400 billion Russia-China gas supply agreement on May 21, the geo-strategic era that commenced on Sept. 11, 2001, was superseded with a new and quite different ordering of global...

A Central Asia/Caspian testimony

21 May in ENERGY, ENERGY ACADEMY

By David A. Merkel, Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs and Director at the National Security Council, the United States, and the US liaison for The Bosphorus Energy Club. Introduction - I would like to thank Chairman Rohrabacher, Ranking Member Keating and the Members of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia, and Emerging Threats for the opportunity to testify today. Further, I would like to commend the Committee for exploring this topic...

Options for Delivering Iranian Gas to Europe Via Turkey

16 May in ENERGY, ENERGY ACADEMY

May 16 2014 Backround - As the struggle between Russia and the West in Ukraine deepens, Europe is beginning to reconsider its options vis-à-vis weakening Russia's energy monopoly in the European market. Throughout the political negotiations with Moscow, the energy dependency has remained starkly obvious as Europe's 'Achilles heel'. In the context of changing international environment, Iran's role in delivering gas to European markets introduces an interesting new dynamic, representing a potential alternative in the diversification of...

Turkey and Russia’s Age-Old Struggle for Regional Supremacy

12 May in ENERGY ACADEMY, GEOPOLITICS

Published by www.foreignaffairs.comMAY 12, 2014By Akin Unver The Ottoman Empire’s loss of Crimea to the Russian Empire in 1783 was a turning point in both civilizations’ histories. For the Ottomans, it was the first permanent loss of a major Muslim territory to a Christian power, in this case Catherine the Great’s Russia, which, like President Vladimir Putin’s Russia, had intervened in a Crimean civil war and eventually annexed the peninsula. For the Russians, it was the beginning...