A new boost for the Southern Corridor?


Central Asia Caucasus Analyst, Stephen Blank
In early October Frontera Corporation announced that it had discovered 3.8 trillion cubic meters (TCM) of gas in Georgia’s Kakheti region. Although the discovery needs to be confirmed and the precise amount of gas determined; this discovery has major potential benefits of both an economic and geopolitical nature for Georgia, Azerbaijan and Europe.

How France is Fueling Japan and China’s Nuclear 'Race'

By Victor Gilinsky, Henry Sokolski 

France is helping to support industrial policies that make no economic sense and potentially threaten a nuclear arms race in Northeast Asia.

Russia and the new geopolitics of oil

Overview of Russia’s crude oil exports by destination, 2010-2040, million tons. Source: ERI RAS & ACRF 2014

 Irina Mironova
The changing structure of the global oil trade – which includes new roles for Russia and Saudi Arabia and the rise of non-state actors such as ISIS – has important implications for Russia’s energy industry.

Where does Oman and Iran’s Pipeline leave Saudi Arabia?

By Akhil Shah
This article was originally published by Gulf State Analytics on 24 September, 2015.
Recent reports suggest that officials in the Sultanate of Oman and the Islamic Republic of Iran have given the go-ahead for the rumored 173-mile underwater gas pipeline connecting the two nations. As of March 2013, only an “understanding” had been reached. The new reports raise clear implications for the wider Gulf region, particularly Saudi Arabia.

Kazakhstan's revival of the Silk Road Initiative: the challenges ahead

Central Asia-Caucasus Analyst
During his recent visit to China, Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev signed a series of trade agreements and Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) on 48 projects valued at about US$ 30 billion. The Minister of Economic Affairs, Yerbolat Dosayev, has called the Chinese market one of the “main markets for Kazakhstan.”

Oil war: Is Saudi Arabia walking into its own trap?

By Salman Rafi

While Saudi Arabia is busy pursuing a covert alliance with Israel, the “oil war” it’s started with other producers, including the US, is already impacting the kingdom and the rest of the world. What Riyadh’s doing on the oil front will create more repercussions as the “war” drags on into next year — most of them economically bad for Saudi Arabia.

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