Category Volume 1 (2012-2013)

Klaipeda LNG: destined for exports?

by Sean Berwald (@scbenergy) Klaipeda LNG, Lithuania’s floating import terminal for liquefied natural gas (LNG), has been hailed as a successful project to increase the energy security, diversity, and independence of Lithuanian energy. However, the project has come in a time of limited market diversity, with Russian gas still exporting over 75% of the natural […]


ENERPO Energy Economy Series: The Philippines

by Joe Ralbovsky We here at the ENERPO Journal are excited to introduce the very first installment of our Energy Economies Series – a segment in which ENERPO authors explore the foremost challenges and opportunities of today – and the strategies governments or organizations are employing to make the most of them. Each entry will […]

Market Capture: China’s Energy Relationship with Turkmenistan

by Ryan McKinley China’s energy security has become predicated on its ability to secure cheap hydrocarbon imports. This is because China relies on cheap, reliable fuels to keep its manufacturing sector competitive and the lights on for a staggeringly large population. While domestically produced coal has historically played the largest role in in China’s electricity […]

Stalled Negotiations on South Stream – Addressing Fears of More Russian Gas

by Nicholas Watt As the European Union heralds in new leadership with Jean-Claude Juncker replacing former Commissioner Jose Barroso, it is an appropriate time to review the considerations from the EU and US that have gone into halting progress of Russia’s South Stream pipeline, as well as to highlight developments in Europe’s gas market that […]

Five Years on from the 2009 Gas Dispute: Are Russia and Ukraine any Closer to a Stable Arrangement?

by Dr. Jack D. Sharples Another winter is upon us, and once again, observers are left shaking their heads as another potential Russia-Ukraine gas dispute appears to have been narrowly averted. As we approach the fifth anniversary of the much-publicised Russia-Ukraine gas dispute of January 2009, it is time to take stock and ask ourselves; […]

Workshop Review: Vladimir Milov – Greater Role of State in Russian Energy is Not Good for Russia

by Tsvetalin Radev and Koen van Delft “The behavior displayed by the state was surprising; they unannounced a big U-turn and regained control over the industry, with re-nationalizing assets, and increasing its role in regulation, planning, and investments. This almost immediately led to diminishing hopes for higher share of FDI in the energy sector. The […]

Reassessing Development in Iraq: Investing in its Citizenry

by Michael G. Seyer When the last convoy of American troops exited Iraq on 18 December 2011, left behind was a government designed to be a power-sharing agreement among Shia, Sunni, and Kurdish representatives. This, it was posited, would provide a sufficient framework for cooperation and the basis for universal, countrywide development and political enfranchisement. […]

Iranian Nuclear Program: A Constructivist Perspective

by Lewis Dorman The Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository could be filled with the amount of ink that has been spilled in writing about the Islamic Republic of Iran’s highly controversial program to master the nuclear fuel cycle and develop atomic energy. According to the 1968 Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, every nation […]

Workshop Review: Andrey Konoplyanik – An Interview with Gazprom Export Advisor

by Lauren Bardin and Nicholas Watt Dr. Andrey Konoplyanik taught one of ENERPO’s core classes entitled, “The Evolution of World Energy Markets.” During the spring semester in 2013, the only way Dr. Konoplyanik could maintain his duties as advisor to Gazprom Export and as our professor was to take a take a train from Moscow […]

Workshop Review: Anatole Boute – Reform of the Russian Energy Sector

by Ornela Figurinaite and Michael G. Seyer Anatole Boute is a lecturer of law at the University of Aberdeen and legal adviser to the International Finance Corporation (The World Bank Group). As a contributor to the projects conducted by the Russia Renewable Energy Program, Dr. Boute advises the IFC on the legal aspects surrounding the […]