Sunday, May 19, 2019

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It’s Not Just the Oil. The Middle East War and the Conquest of Natural...

Are the Wars in the Middle East and North Africa Really About Oil? The Iraq war was really about oil, according to Alan Greenspan, John McCain, George W. Bush, Sarah Palin, a high-level National Security Council officer and others. Dick Cheney made Iraqi’s oil fields a national security priority before 9/11. The...

Britain is now the second biggest arms dealer in the world

Two-thirds of UK weapons have been sold to Middle Eastern countries since 2010. Britain is now the second biggest arms dealer in the world, official government figures show – with most of the weapons fuelling deadly conflicts in the Middle East. Since 2010 Britain has also sold arms to 39 of...

India’s $500 Million Bet on Iran

New Delhi hopes a giant new Iranian port will help meet its energy needs — and outflank Pakistan. India's plan to spend $500 million on a new port complex on Iran's Indian Ocean coast caps a decade-long quest to find a way to get sorely needed supplies of energy. But...

Turkmenistan starts welding TAPI pipeline’s linear part

Turkmennebitgazgurlushyk (“Turkmenneftegazstroy”) state concern has begun welding the pipes of the linear part of Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline’s Turkmen section. More than 100 units of special equipment are being used within current work, a message released by Turkmen Oil and Gas Ministry said March 28. Engineering services of Turkmengas state concern...

China And The Middle East – Is The Balance Shifting?

Onlookers might have been surprised a few weeks ago to see the Ambassadors of China and Turkmenistan standing side by side in the rather inauspicious surroundings of the Tehran railway station to witness the arrival of a freight train containing small commodities. This was however no ordinary freight train, but...

Economy and Sanctions Derail Russia’s Central Asian Investments

After years of embarking on promising forays into Central Asia’s economy, Russia is being forced to pare back its ambitions. The starkest retreat of Russian money is seen in Kyrgyzstan, whose parliament voted overwhelmingly last week to cancel a deal with Russian companies to build two major hydropower facilities. The...

China’s New Grand Strategy for the Middle East

After decades of distance, China is moving closer to the region’s sectarian feuds — and its vital oil reserves. At the start of 2016, prospects weren’t good for what would later become one of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s most consequential international tours. The January execution of leading Shite cleric Sheikh...

Surging Liquefied Natural Gas Trade

The EU's move toward a freer energy market and a global shift toward gas by climate-conscious consumers are likely to help fuel growing demand for US liquefied natural gas (LNG) in the coming years, Senior Fellow and former leading CIA analyst Bud Coote writes in Surging Liquefied Natural Gas...

Ukraine tests new shipping route to Asia bypassing Russia

Ukrainian authorities on Jan. 15 launched an experiment that may allow the country to bypass Russia completely when shipping goods to Asia. A demo container train sent from the Illichivsk Port to Kazakhstan is now testing the new trade route. The train will arrive in Kazakhstan in 12 days. On...

Trans Caspian Pipeline project requires effective Russian diplomacy

Trans Caspian Pipeline project requires an effective diplomatic approach to Russia that would encourage Moscow to acquiesce to the supply of Turkmen gas to Europe, Dr. Micha’el Tanchum, a non-resident senior fellow with the Eurasian Energy Futures Initiative and Global Energy Center at the Atlantic Council believes. Tanchum told Trend...

China seeking to link Iran to its New Silk Road

Iran is arguably one of China's closest partners in the Middle East. And with economic sanctions on Tehran set to be eased, DW examines China's latest proposal to integrate Iran into its New Silk Road Initiative. Seeking to capitalize on the easing of international sanctions on Iran, China's railway authority...

The Geopolitics of American Global Decline

Washington Versus China in the Twenty-First Century. For even the greatest of empires, geography is often destiny. You wouldn’t know it in Washington, though. America's political, national security, and foreign policy elites continue to ignore the basics of geopolitics that have shaped the fate of world empires for the past...

China’s New Roads to Russia

I know of no comparable global Great Project to equal what is now unfolding, bit-by-bit, as China reveals more about her Silk Road Economic Belt high-speed railway infrastructure network. And it’s now clear that the road will be filled with entire new cities, industrial zones, construction, improving standards of...

Building the New Silk Road

Introduction More than two thousand years ago, China's Han Dynasty launched the Silk Road, a sprawling network of commerce that linked South and Central Asia with the Middle East and Europe. Today, the idea of a "New Silk Road," an intertwined set of economic integration initiatives seeking to link East...

The Lapis Lazuli Eurasian Corridor and the Central Asia, South Asia Electricity Transmission and...

Color Revolutions? The US State Department’s “Hoagland-Blinken Doctrine” Is Washington’s Plan For Central Asia By Andrew Korybko, April 14, 2015 The first part of the article examined the US’ stated goals in Central Asia, its geopolitical jealousy of Russia and China for their successes there, and the Color Revolution infrastructure that it’s...

A Nuclear Deal with Iran: The Impact on Oil and Natural Gas Trends

Most immediately, lifted sanctions on Iran's oil and gas industry could spur tensions with other energy producers, such as Russia, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar. In last week's State of the Union Address, President Obama threatened to veto new legislation affecting five issues, four of them in the domestic policy arena...

China Sees Itself at Center of New Asian Order

Beijing Builds Roads, Pipelines, Railways and Ports to Bind Itself to Region. HORGOS, China—In a valley flanked by snow-capped peaks on China’s border with Kazakhstan, a vision of Beijing’s ambitions to redraw the geopolitical map of Asia is taking shape. This remote outpost, once a transit point for Silk Road...

SAGE to build Middle-East To India Deepwater Gas Pipeline

The Indian joint venture South Asia Gas Enterprise Pvt Ltd (SAGE) is now preparing the front end engineering and design for its deepwater transnational gas pipeline called Middle-East to India Deepwater Pipeline (MEIDP) to import gas from Iran and Oman into India. Despite its own reserves and on going offshore fields...

Reducing European Dependence on Russian Gas

There is limited scope for significantly reducing overall European dependence on Russian gas before the mid-2020s. Countries in the Baltic region and south eastern Europe which are highly dependent on Russian gas, and hence extremely vulnerable to interruptions, could substantially reduce and even eliminate imports of Russian gas by...

Washington’s Nightmare Comes True: The Russian-Chinese Strategic Partnership Goes Global

The Russian-Chinese strategic partnership (RCSP), indoctrinated in 1996, is Eurasia’s geopolitical anchor in the 21st century, shaping its evolution and entrance into the Multipolar World. No other political relationship between the two continents’ actors even comes close, with the RCSP’s only formidable rival being the US via its privileged...

Russia-China deal will supply Siberian natural gas to China’s northern, eastern provinces

China's natural gas demand has been growing as the government seeks to move away from coal in favor of cleaner fuels. According to EIA's International Energy Outlook 2013 (IEO2013) Reference case, demand will more than triple from 5.2 Tcf in 2012 to 17.5 Tcf by 2040. Russia's largest natural gas...

Will the TAPI Pipeline Ever Be Built?

While all mega-energy projects contain an element of risk, the $7.6 billion, 1,040 mile-long Trans-Afghan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) pipeline, designed to bring the riches of Turkmenistan’s vast natural gas fields to the booming Pakistani and Indian energy markets stands at the top of the list, as two transit countries, Afghanistan and...

Can Regional Connectivity Promote Development Along the New Silk Road?

1000 and 2000 years ago countries along the Silk Road prospered enormously from the trade that passed through on its way between China, Europe and North Africa. Today, however, trade along this historic route has largely dried up as important countries including India, Pakistan and Afghanistan, have many barriers...

China Doubles Down in Central Asia with New Natural Gas Pipeline

The third line of the China-Central Asia Natural Gas Pipeline is officially operational. The pipeline, known as Line C, begins at the Turkmenistan-Uzbekistan border and ends at the Horgos Port in the Northwest Chinese province of Xinjiang. The 1,830 Km pipeline, which was built by the China National Petroleum Corp....

China and Russia are right to seek cooperation in win-win energy deals

Hu Shuli says the neighbours must continue to favour trade benefits over any political and military alliance, given the historical mistrust. Amid the rapidly changing fortunes in geopolitics, the Sino-Russian relationship is one that bears watching, especially with Russian President Vladimir Putin in China on a state visit this week. The...

Desert ceremony celebrates Turkmenistan-China gas axis

BAGTYARLYK FIELD, Turkmenistan, May 7 (Reuters) - China cemented its position as the top importer of Turkmen gas, ahead of Russia, at a ceremony on Wednesday to open a new plant at a major field, attended by the Turkmen president seated on a lavishly gilt throne. The desert nation sits...

Uzbekistan: More Energy Deals as China’s President Tours Central Asia

China’s president clinched another round of multi-billion-dollar oil and gas deals in Uzbekistan on September 9 as he continued vacuuming up the region’s energy resources on his tour of Central Asia. Xi Jinping and his Uzbek counterpart Islam Karimov signed agreements worth $15 billion in Tashkent, AFP reported. Details were not...

Deal ensures supplies of natural gas

World's second-largest field will bring benefits to China and Turkmenistan. The Chinese and Turkmen presidents announced on Wednesday the completion of the first phase of the Galkynysh gas field, which will supply gas to China. China National Petroleum Corporation also signed a new contract to import gas from Galkynysh — the...

The political economy of Russian oil and gas

One of the two largest oil producers in the world, Russia accounts for 12 percent of global output. Last year it again surpassed Saudi Arabia by pumping almost 10.4 million barrels per day (BPD). It is also one of the world’s largest exporters of oil, with nearly 5 million...

Nabucco against the minnows

Nabucco, the strategic project for transportation of Caspian gas to Europe, seems threatened by the non-strategic pipeline projects, ITGI (Interconnector Turkey-Greece-Italy) and TAP (Trans-Adriatic Pipeline). These are less advanced, compared with Nabucco, but are also less ambitious in scope, and consequently easier to source with gas. At stake is the...

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