Energy Security News

Will Putin Gamble All On A Broader Ukraine Invasion?

May 25, 2015
"The incursion in Ukraine is modest compared with that of Afghanistan, and the number of Russian deaths is far smaller. Yet once again a limited number of Kremlin leaders, without benefit of public debate, may make a fateful decision about using force against a neighbor. The leaders should bear in mind the lesson of Afghanistan and exercise caution," write Denis Corboy, William Courtney, and Kenneth Yalowitz.

How Durable is the China-Russia ‘friendship?’

May 13, 2015
China and Russia have options to forge an essentially cooperative relationship. However, limits to their partnership could grow over time given the two nations’ differing trajectories and historical grievances.

How an Iran nuclear deal means cheaper oil and why Tehran is OK with that

May 12, 2015
"Now detailed negotiations will focus on crucial details relating to safeguards and lifting international sanctions. Ending sanctions, however, leads to another critical part of Iran’s energy equation: new investments in its nonnuclear energy sector that could boost its oil and gas exports," writes Jan H. Kalicki.

The EU May Soon have Gazprom and Vladimir Putin Running on Fumes

May 01, 2015
"For all of President Vladimir Putin’s rhetoric about Russian nationalism and economic self-reliance, he finds himself surprisingly constrained in his ability to respond to the European Commission’s action against Gazprom. Yet Putin will have to respond at a time when the country’s energy and economic options are limited. He also has to swallow the European Union’s reminder that even after Ukraine, Russia is not an international rule maker," writes William E. Pomeranz.

The Iran Deal Is Good–for the Mullahs

Apr 10, 2015
"Barack Obama wanted to avoid being the U.S. president who presides over Iran getting the bomb. Iran wanted sanctions relief and validation of its nuclear program. Both sides made concessions, and a crisis appears to have been averted, at least in the short term. But what we know now suggests that the mullahs got the better end of the deal" writes Aaron David Miller.

A Transaction Does Not a Deal Make

Apr 07, 2015
"For the moment, historic though it may be, the Iran enterprise is a transaction — in short a business deal devoid of much sentimentality in which both sides need stuff from the other and are still not sure they can get it, and it’s an imperfect and incomplete transaction at that," writes Aaron David Miller.

China’s Water-Energy-Food Roadmap: A New Global Choke Point Report

Apr 01, 2015
The creation of a water-energy research initiative in the landmark U.S.-China climate agreement last fall could be the beginning of a new and different path for Sino-U.S. collaboration.

Clearing the Air: Is Natural Gas a Game Changer for Coal in China?

Jan 22, 2015
On the heels of a landmark U.S.-China climate agreement, 2015 will be a critical year for China’s environmental and energy policy. A revised and much stricter Environmental Protection Law went into force on January 1; new amendments to the Air Pollution Law are likely to be put in place; and the National Development and Reform Commission will draft a new five-year plan. A monumental shift from coal to natural gas is achievable and necessary.

Asia Program 2014 Retrospective

Dec 29, 2014
As we move into the next year, the Asia Program would like to thank all of our speakers, writers, scholars, and supporters who have helped us make 2014 so successful. We are especially grateful to the writers have worked with us this year on our publications, covering a range of topics from energy crises in both Pakistan and India, the negotiation of the Trans-Pacific Trade Partnership, and the changing relationships and "rebalancing" in Northeast Asia.

Confronting Challenges to North America's Energy Future

Dec 12, 2014
North America is fast becoming the epicenter of a transformation in global energy. But despite North America's huge energy potential, the United States, Mexico, and Canada all face serious obstacles in getting their energy resources to market. As the North American energy ministers meet in Washington, DC on December 15, 2014, Mexico Institute Director Duncan Wood and Rachel Bronson analyze North America's energy future.

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