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Azerbaijan after the Iran deal

At the crossroads of the east-west and north-south transportation corridors, Baku has succeeded in becoming the Eurasian Mecca for energy traders. Nowadays, Azerbaijan is the sole country in the region that extracts, refines, transports and negotiates its resources to the European market. In this sense, national resources have guaranteed not only economic growth and self-sufficiency, but also political independence. How will the Iran’s deal affect Azerbaijan and its oil and gas policy? Read on.


Russia, the EU and the Caspian Pipeline Gambit

Recent years have witnessed a grave deterioration in energy relations between Russia and the European Union (EU). The gas issue is an important one tied up in Russia’s ongoing attempts at recalibrating Eurasian pipeline strategy and EU’s own endeavors to open up new supply routes. The Caspian Sea region has hence become the focal point of heated discussions in the face of heavy energy disagreements between Russia and the EU. While Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan are considered potentially vital partners for European energy consumers, Russia engages in greater assertive policies protecting its national interest in the region. The continuing EU-Russian rivalry over alternative gas supply projects not only widens the gap between Brussels and Moscow but also affects energy strategies of the Caspian countries trying to avoid becoming a battle ground between the two key actors. Elkhan ...


Luft: Testimony before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs

Gal Luft testified on the topic Changing Energy Markets and US National Security before the Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs. Read the testimony here.

Luft: Heavy Fuel

While Russia is certainly a challenge for Europe’s energy security, Moscow’s energy strategy is not necessarily entirely detrimental to U.S. vital interests. The strong Trans-Atlantic relations between Europe and the United States should not dictate blind American support for the EU’s energy security interests. Neither should they mask the benefits and opportunities that some of the components of Russia’s strategy hold for Washington.

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