Matches, Mistrals, and Moscow: The Politics of Sanctions

British Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservative Party was criticized this weekend for accepting a 160,000GBP donation from a Russia Oligarch with close ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin.  This adds to a week where European governments have had to weigh foreign policy decisions against domestic considerations. Following the tragic downing of MH17, Europe has resorted […]

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Some Key Facts Behind Pakistan’s Energy Crisis

Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has implemented a new electricity subsidy for the poorest consumers in Pakistan. This subsidy covers all households with up to 300 units of electricity consumption which strikingly amounts to 68%. This subsidy points to underlying developmental and economic challenges for Pakistan. The Woodrow Wilson Center, on of DC’s top think […]

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Powering Peace: The Case for Growing Gaza’s Energy Sector

The Gaza Strip has a major energy crisis. Estimates suggest that Gaza has a power shortage of roughly 49%, indicating that almost half of the day is spent without reliable electricity. Clearly, this tangible reality does little to help the cause of the Israeli’s but rather incites radicalization. I want to begin this post by […]

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Oil and Guns: Libya’s Wild West

Light, sweet crude futures for August have increased by 8 cents to 100.91 USD per barrel. Oil futures have been fluctuating recently on the uncertainty linked to conflicts in Iraq and Libya impacting oil supply. Today’s increase shows the limits of stability in Libya’s oil market. I was initially planning on writing this piece last […]

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Green Dreams and Nuclear Nightmares

Nuclear energy currently accounts for roughly 75% of France’s energy mix – a new plan recently unveiled by the French government wishes to reduce this number to 50% by 2025.  Given the trend of my last couple posts, I should rename this blog French Energy and keep analyzing French energy politics. I promise this is the last […]

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The (Natural Gas) Land Down Under

Australia has proven Natural Gas reserves of 43.04 trillion cubic feet, yet the intense competition from Russian giant Gazprom threatens to curb the growth in Australia’s natural gas sector. French energy Giant GDF-Suez and its Australian partner Santos have announced today the scuttling of a $10 billion liquefied natural gas (LNG) project planned in northern Australia – […]

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Fracking Good Stuff

Between 2008 and 2012, the Wellhead Price* of Natural Gas in the United States has dropped $5.31 from $7.97 to $2.66 The recent boom in natural gas production in the United States brought about by hydraulic fracturing will power the United States well into the next decades and be an engine for economic growth.  Estimates […]

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