Energy reserves add new twist to Cyprus talks

Semih Idiz

Turkish and Greek Cypriot leaders resumed talks on Feb. 11, in a fresh effort to try and resolve the Cyprus problem of over 50 years' standing.

Battle for OPEC: Energy chessboard clever movements

 Energy chessboard clever movements

Source: Saudi Gazette

INTERESTING new moves are clogging the global energy chessboard. A battle of wits – within OPEC – seems very much on the cards. Energy fraternity is abuzz with possibility of Baghdad and Tehran endeavoring – to capitalize on their combined energy riches – to ensure a greater stake within OPEC – apparently at the cost of Riyadh.

Turkey as a Regional Natural Gas Hub: Myth or Reality?

In this article Simone Tagliapietra summarizes the key results of a field study carried out in Istanbul and just published within the Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM) series “Note di Lavoro”.

Iraq’s oil brinkmanship

Denise Natali

As al-Qaeda continues to terrorize parts of Iraq, another battle looms over the country: control over Iraqi hydrocarbons and revenues. The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) is pressing ahead with its plans to independently export and sell Kurdish crude to Turkey, while Baghdad has threatened to cut the KRG’s budget and take legal action against Ankara.

The top global risks in 2014


CROSS CURRENTS, Author: Kim Cloete|

Potential powder kegs: Fiscal crises and youth unemployment.

Untenable debt burdens, snowballing youth unemployment and water crises rank as leading concerns for global experts.
The World Economic Forum released its ‘Global Risks 2014’ report after surveying 700 people, including top business leaders. It assessed 31 risks, but the following risks emerge as urgent threats for many people across the world in 2014:

With Natural Gas Fields in the Eastern Mediterranean, Israel Now Has a New Front: the Sea

Nicholas Saidel and Julian Kasdin

Israel is beginning to realize the benefits of the recent discovery of 36 trillion cubic feet of gas off its coast in the eastern Mediterranean, mainly in the Tamar and Leviathan gas fields, located near Haifa. But the discovery has also presented Israel with one of its greatest military challenges yet: protecting its new offshore gas infrastructure in the eastern Mediterranean, which is vital to its energy, and therefore to its economic, security.

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