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Geopolitics / Asia

This Week in Energy: At the Crossroads of Japan’s Energy Future

Jan 24, 2014 at 13:58 | James Stafford

Japan’s 9 February gubernatorial elections are being billed largely as a referendum on the fate of the country’s nuclear energy future—an election that will shape the debate on whether Japan…

Ten Trends that will Effect Asia in 2014

Jan 23, 2014 at 17:00 | ISN Security Watch

According to the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Asia could be in for a turbulent 2014. Today, Evan Feigenbaum outlines the ten key factors – both positive and negative –…

Southeast Asia Energy Advisory

Jan 17, 2014 at 17:36 | Editorial Dept

This week our advisory for investors focus on India and Indonesia, where new oil and gas blocks are up for offer, and Pakistan, where the government is banking on a…

Freed from Prison Russian Energy Oligarch Khodorkovsky Flies to Germany

Dec 20, 2013 at 12:38 | John Daly

Following a marathon four-hours news conference on 19 December, Russian President Vladimir Putin had a surprise announcement to make about former oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky, arrested in October 2003 and…

Azerbaijan: Oil, Natural Gas and No Complicated Politics

Dec 11, 2013 at 17:10 | Claude Salhani

Azerbaijan, a former Soviet republic on the Caspian Sea, has the proper mix of abundant natural resources and uncomplicated politics making it attractive to Washington. Additionally, Baku has the desire…

Can China’s Financial Might Force Stability in Central Asia?

Oct 24, 2013 at 17:21 | Eurasianet

Does China believe that it can bankroll a two-part goal in Central Asia – i.e., lower tensions between the region’s states and still make money? Not entirely, argues Chris Rickleton.…

Canada Continues Energy Push into Asia

Oct 17, 2013 at 16:56 | Robert M Cutler

Continuing Canada's search to conquer new Asian energy markets, Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver was in Daegu, South Korea, this week to address the World Energy Conference. Oliver is on…

The Real Reason Behind China’s Military Expansion

Oct 03, 2013 at 16:44 | ISN Security Watch

Many in the West view China's rapid military expansion as a growing threat to global and regional security. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth, or so writes…

Why China is Twisting My Melon

Aug 07, 2013 at 17:32 | Matt Smith

‘Twisting my melon‘ is a British phrase to describe being confused to the point of annoyance. The reason I bring it up is because it describes how I feel about…

China’s Energy Policies Unsettle Neighbors Both East and West

Jul 26, 2013 at 17:04 | John Daly

China’s relentless search for global energy assets to fuel its voracious economy is one of the decades biggest stories, with Beijing willing to sign deals anywhere, anytime.That search…

Can Abe Revive Japan?

Jul 20, 2013 at 00:29 | Defense and Foreign Affairs

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s determination to revive Japan’s global influence faces considerable constraints, not least of which is the country’s persistent economic malaise. Although Abe is seeking to amend Japan’s…

Joint Russian-Chinese Naval Exercise has Energy Undertones

Jul 06, 2013 at 15:29 | John Daly

For centuries, maritime powers have used their navies to “show the flag” in contested naval issues. Unlike armies, which must mobilize on frontiers, or air forces, which would need to…

Pakistani Villagers – Polio Inoculations for Electricity

Jun 12, 2013 at 16:46 | John Daly

Rural populations oftentimes feel neglected by their officials ensconced in the capital.Getting their attention is difficult, requiring creative thinking to engender publicity to force bureaucrats to pay attention…

Thailand’s Energy Shortages Raise Political Temperature

Jun 05, 2013 at 16:49 | John Daly

Thailand has not had an easy time over the past several years. The government was reshuffled in 2011, the country was hit with massive flooding in October of the same…

Myanmar Attracting Major Energy Investors

May 31, 2013 at 16:56 | Daniel J. Graeber

China's national oil company said it's finished building six new oil storage tanks on a tiny island off the coast of Myanmar. More work is planned there in terms of…

Proposed Kazakh-Indian Pipeline a Long Shot at Best

Mar 14, 2013 at 18:10 | John Daly

Oilmen are undoubtedly the capitalist world’s most hardy risk takers. There is no region too unsettled, nor government too corrupt, to dissuade them from their mission to drill for the…

North Korean "Insanity" Part of Geopolitical Game

Mar 06, 2013 at 13:54 | Jen Alic

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un may be colorful, but he isn’t crazy. There is logic behind the intensified war rhetoric, and while it may be convenient for the…

North Korea: Preparing for War

Feb 21, 2013 at 17:02 | Jen Alic

The latest in the North Korea drama is the release of a video portraying US President Barack Obama and American troops going up in flames. But it’s not just…

China Decides that South China Sea Oil is a National Asset

Feb 15, 2013 at 17:42 | John Daly

While the Western press is fixated on both recent North Korean nuclear tests and Beijing’s recent skirmishes with Japan over the Senkaku (“Diaoyu” in Chinese) islands, other maritime issues have…

India Enters the Fray as the South China Sea Dispute Continues

Dec 06, 2012 at 16:50 | Geopolitical Monitor

Although the Xi Jinping administration is now secure enough in its transition to power to put nationalist jingoism back in the box from whence it came, recent events suggest that…

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