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Looking to the Caspian for Today’s and Future Energy Needs

Energy and Economy Program (EEP)

Looking to the Caspian for Today’s and Future Energy Needs

Author: Ambassador (Ret.) Robert F. Cekuta

Date: Jul 27, 2022

A pipeline bringing one billion cubic meters (BCM) a year of natural gas from Azerbaijan to Bulgaria formally opened July 8 with a ceremony...


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The European Union-Azerbaijan Natural Gas MOU: Our CPC Senior Fellow Breaks it Down

Energy and Economy Program (EEP)

The European Union-Azerbaijan Natural Gas MOU: Our CPC Senior Fellow Breaks it Down

Author: Ambassador (Ret.) Robert F. Cekuta

Date: Jul 22, 2022

The European Union signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Azerbaijan to increase Azerbaijan’s export of natural gas to Europe...


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Ukraine Crisis:  Central Asia’s Search for New Economic Partners

Energy and Economy Program (EEP)

Ukraine Crisis: Central Asia’s Search for New Economic Partners

Author: Manya Mirzoyan

Date: Jul 7, 2022

The Russian invasion of Ukraine triggered a sweeping wave of Western sanctions that have drastically affected Russia and the five Central Asian...


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Vice President Harris Emphasizes Water Security: Central Asia is a Contender for Partnership

Energy and Economy Program (EEP)

Vice President Harris Emphasizes Water Security: Central Asia is a Contender for Partnership

Author: Dante Schulz

Date: Jul 4, 2022

On June 1, U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris emphasized water security as an essential foreign policy priority...


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Central Asian Countries Left with the Burden of Keeping Afghanistan’s Lights On

Energy and Economy Program (EEP)

Central Asian Countries Left with the Burden of Keeping Afghanistan’s Lights On

Author: Dante Schulz

Date: Jun 23, 2022

Afghanistan is unable to pay its electricity bill to its northern neighbors and both Tajikistan and Uzbekistan are beginning to feel the pinch....


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Agriculture: A New Way for the UK and Central Asian Countries to Partner Amidst Ukraine Crisis

Energy and Economy Program (EEP)

Agriculture: A New Way for the UK and Central Asian Countries to Partner Amidst Ukraine Crisis

Author: Josephine Freund

Date: May 17, 2022

Amidst Russia’s military intervention in Ukraine, the UK’s agricultural sector will be left at a crossroads in 2022. Russia and the United Kingdom...


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Georgia’s Agricultural Sector Feels the Pinch of Russia’s Foreign Policy

Energy and Economy Program (EEP)

Georgia’s Agricultural Sector Feels the Pinch of Russia’s Foreign Policy

Author: Devon Sealander

Date: May 11, 2022

In the initial days of Russia’s war in Ukraine, the Georgian government’s refusal to implement bilateral sanctions against Russia sparked controversy...


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Amos Hochstein, Senior Advisor for Energy Security at the U.S. Department of State

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Tracking Trans Continental Connections: China Inaugurates a New Transcontinental Freight Train Route Through the Caspian Region

Energy and Economy Program (EEP)

Tracking Trans Continental Connections: China Inaugurates a New Transcontinental Freight Train Route Through the Caspian Region

Author: Dante Schulz

Date: Apr 28, 2022

China inaugurated a new freight train route April 15 expanding its railroad connections with Europe...


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Work with Russia’s Neighbors to Make Sure Sanctions Bite Hard

Energy and Economy Program (EEP)

Work with Russia’s Neighbors to Make Sure Sanctions Bite Hard

Author: Ambassador (Ret.) Robert F. Cekuta

Date: Apr 27, 2022

Imposing sanctions to punish institutions and individuals connected with Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is just the first step. Working to ensure effect...


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Europe’s Breadbasket No More: The Effects of Putin’s Invasion on Caspian Food Security

Energy and Economy Program (EEP)

Europe’s Breadbasket No More: The Effects of Putin’s Invasion on Caspian Food Security

Author: Ambassador (Ret.) Allan Mustard

Date: Apr 26, 2022

Food security underpins political stability in much of the world. Both availability (or lack thereof) and cost of food are factors in unrest, from the...


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Economic Exposure: World Bank Report Outlines Challenges for the Caspian Region

Energy and Economy Program (EEP)

Economic Exposure: World Bank Report Outlines Challenges for the Caspian Region

Author: Sam Harshbarger

Date: Apr 25, 2022

Along with increased global economic uncertainty, a upswing in oil prices, and fears of increased food insecurity in many countries around the world...


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Going for Gold: Kyrgyzstan Reaches an Agreement Ending Dispute with Canadian Mining Company

Energy and Economy Program (EEP)

Going for Gold: Kyrgyzstan Reaches an Agreement Ending Dispute with Canadian Mining Company

Author: Aru Atibekova

Date: Apr 22, 2022

On April 4, Kyrgyzstan’s President Sadyr Japarov announced that the government reached an agreement with Canada-based company Centerra Gold, ending a ...


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Finding the Line: Central Asia Welcomes Russian Businesses, but Fears Sanction Violations

Energy and Economy Program (EEP)

Finding the Line: Central Asia Welcomes Russian Businesses, but Fears Sanction Violations

Author: Devon Sealander

Date: Apr 13, 2022

Economic sanctions against Russia have hit at all levels of the country’s economy, prompting an exodus of Western businesses with the flexibility...


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Russian Energy Games in Central Asia: The Caspian Pipeline Consortium Shutdown

Energy and Economy Program (EEP)

Russian Energy Games in Central Asia: The Caspian Pipeline Consortium Shutdown

Author: Dr. Ruchan Kaya

Date: Apr 13, 2022

Following reported storm damage at the Novorossiysk terminal in Russia on March 23, Kazakhstan’s oil exports to the world markets have come under scru...


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Uzbekistan Flags Privatization and Other Economic Reforms to Woo Foreign Investors

Energy and Economy Program (EEP)

Uzbekistan Flags Privatization and Other Economic Reforms to Woo Foreign Investors

Author: Aru Atibekova

Date: Apr 8, 2022

Uzbekistan’s first International Investment Forum took place in Tashkent on March 24-26, 2022, drawing over 2,000 major investors and high-ranking bus...


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Russia’s Economic Fallout Hits Central Asian Remittances

Energy and Economy Program (EEP)

Russia’s Economic Fallout Hits Central Asian Remittances

Author: Devon Sealander

Date: Apr 1, 2022

The decline of Russia’s economy and the drop in the value of the ruble has negatively affected a critical pillar of Central Asian economies:  worker r...


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A Bitter Blow: Russia Halts It's Sugar and Grain Exports to the Eurasian Economic Union

Energy and Economy Program (EEP)

A Bitter Blow: Russia Halts It's Sugar and Grain Exports to the Eurasian Economic Union

Author: Aru Atibekova

Date: Mar 24, 2022

On March 10, the Russian government announced a ban on grain and sugar exports to Eurasian Economic...


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With War in Europe, Georgia Looks to the EU

Energy and Economy Program (EEP)

With War in Europe, Georgia Looks to the EU

Author: Dante Schulz

Date: Mar 21, 2022

On March 3, Georgia officially applied for membership in the European Union. The chairman of the ruling Georgian Dream Party Irakli Kobakhdize, said, ...


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Europe looks to Azerbaijan Amid Push to Diversify Energy Sources

Energy and Economy Program (EEP)

Europe looks to Azerbaijan Amid Push to Diversify Energy Sources

Author: Devon Sealander

Date: Feb 17, 2022

On January 4 the eighth Ministerial Meeting of the Southern Gas Corridor Advisory Council took place in Baku, attended by representatives from the EU ...