Ukraine Quarterly Digest: July – September 2017

In the second part of 2017 calm generally prevailed in Ukraine in the foreign policy arena, with some light turbulence. The new law on education caused tension and discussion both inside Ukraine and among neighboring states.

The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor and Energy Geopolitics in Asia

The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is a mammoth $62 billion transport corridor project. It entails the construction of roads, power projects, ports and other infrastructure across Pakistan. CPEC is part of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), an even more ambitious envisioned transport corridor that aims to facilitate China’s access to far-flung global markets in order to satiate the voracious demand of the growing Chinese economy.

Event Summary: Successful Pre-Salt Auctions Put Brazil’s Oil & Gas Sector on Promising Path

The oil and gas sector in Brazil is undergoing its most dramatic transformation since the founding of stateowned energy giant Petrobras in 1953. For the first time in history, the National Energy Policy Council (CNPE) has approved a bidding process to auction drilling rights to international oil and gas companies, creating a more competitive, market-oriented model.

Successful Pre-Salt Auctions Put Brazil’s Oil & Gas Sector on Promising Path

A Conversation with Decio Oddone, Director-General of Brazil’s National Petroleum Agency

Decio Oddone's presentation is available for download below.

Time for Mexico to Take its Destiny into its Own Hands

At a recent event on North American energy at the Wilson Center in Washington, D.C., the inaugural speech was given by Mexican Ambassador Gerónimo Gutiérrez. In a somber mood, Gutiérrez talked of the importance of continuing collaboration on energy policy but emphasized the risks of the failure of the NAFTA negotiations currently under way between the three North American governments.