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Can the U.S. Afford to Exclude Military Security from its Arctic Council Chairmanship Agenda?

April 22, 2015 by Roman Kilisek

Arctic Council Agenda

At the next Arctic Council Ministerial Meeting held in Iqaluit, Nunavut (Canada) on 24-25 April 2015, the US will take over chairmanship of the Arctic Council from Canada for the next two years until May 2017. This comes at a time of unprecedented geopolitical volatility and tension.[read more]

Geopolitics and Oil Prices: Between A Rock and a Hard Place

March 30, 2015 by Amy Myers Jaffe

Oil Prices and International Politics

Oil traders currently appear to be hedging themselves against the possibility of a deal between Western countries and Iran on the nuclear question, but doing so misses the increasingly complex forces at play today in oil geopolitics and international relations.[read more]

'Geo-Defragmentation' as a Means of Reestablishing Order within the International System

March 11, 2015 by Roman Kilisek

Geo-Defragmentation and Order

Globalization rose in the Post-Cold War era bringing certain regions closer together via global supply chains and a developmental agenda took precedence over pure geopolitical considerations in many countries as a result of the upheaval.[read more]

Obama and Modi's Opportunity to Strengthen U.S.-India Clean Energy and Climate Cooperation

January 19, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

India and U.S. and Climate Cooperation

President Barack Obama heads to India to celebrate Republic Day on January 26th with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Climate change and clean energy are priority areas of discussion as the two leaders meet during this unprecedented second visit to India by a U.S. president.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: 'As the Regional Global Energy Picture Evolves, Turkey's Strategic Location is a Major, Major Asset'

November 29, 2014 by Jared Anderson

Turkey's Strategic Location

Vice President Joe Biden recently addressed the Atlantic Council Energy and Economic Summit in Istanbul, Turkey where he discussed numerous topics related to European energy security. Biden began his talk with the situation in Ukraine and Russia’s use of energy as a political tool.[read more]

Upcoming US Arctic Council Chairmanship Should not Focus on Military Security

October 17, 2014 by Roman Kilisek

The Arctic and the Military

Even though these developments seem to push military security on the US Arctic agenda, it better serves US interest to comprehend Russia’s moves in the Arctic as rational and expand the use of confidence-building measures, as well as prioritize climate change during its Arctic Council Chairmanship.[read more]

Has Ukraine Shot Itself in the Foot With Gas Pipeline Deal?

September 8, 2014 by Igor Alexeev

Ukraine and Pipelines

Last week, Ukrainian PM Yatsenyuk pushed a bill through the Verkhovna Rada that would see his country’s gas transportation system sold off to a group of international investors. This decision may hurt the fragile industrial recovery in Germany and finish off Ukraine’s potential as a gas transit route to Europe.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: 'They Prefer Bilateral Relations with Moscow...'

August 23, 2014 by Jared Anderson

Russia International Relations

Calls for stricter economic sanctions against strategic Russian energy players are not universal among European Union countries, this is particularly true for those countries where Russian oil and gas dependence is the most deeply entrenched.[read more]

Japan's Energy Security: The Time is Now to Secure Closer Pragmatic Relations with Russia

July 31, 2014 by Roman Kilisek

Japan and International Ties

On May 15, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe held the seventh meeting of the Advisory Panel on Reconstruction of the Legal Basis for Security in his long quest to advance the reinterpretation of its ‘Pacifist’ Constitution and to allow finally for the exercise of Japan’s right to collective self-defense.[read more]

The Energy Angle: Why Hillary Clinton is Right about Putin

July 29, 2014 by Amy Myers Jaffe

Both energy companies and consuming countries who still think appeasing Russian President Vladimir Putin will solve their long term problems need to think again. Hillary Clinton’s tough talk about why we must stand up to energy fascism is spot on and needs to be carefully heeded.[read more]

US and China Agree to Advance Carbon Capture Technology

July 18, 2014 by Edward Dodge

US and China's CCS Agreement

China is the world’s largest coal producer and consumer and the world’s leading emitter of carbon dioxide emissions. China is also the world’s most populous country and is suffering from high pollution levels due to its unrestrained fossil fuel use.[read more]

Furthering International Climate Finance: Finalizing Some Key Threshold Issues for the Green Climate Fund

May 20, 2014 by Jake Schmidt

Countries meet soon to advance threshold issues for the Green Climate Fund. The Fund was a key component of the agreements reached in Copenhagen in 2009 as it could help mobilize resources to help developing countries in reducing emissions and adapting to the impacts of climate change.[read more]

US Energy Renaissance Brings Important Foreign Policy Choices

May 2, 2014 by Roman Kilisek

US Energy and Foreign Policy

Two timely research studies from think tanks inside the Beltway address energy security with particular focus on America’s new role in rearranging the established global energy order. This order is in flux because of the renaissance in the US energy sector ignited by its shale oil and gas boom.[read more]

Oil Price Leverage Over Russia in Ukraine Crisis

April 18, 2014 by Roman Kilisek

Oil Price Leverage Over Russia

Following Russian annexation of the Crimean Peninsula, tensions between the West and the Kremlin have been dangerously simmering. Meanwhile, the spotlight has moved to Eastern Ukraine where unmarked soldiers appear to be keen on destabilizing the situation further.[read more]