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James Durso

Corsair LLC

Contributor since: 22 Sep 2016

James Durso

James D. Durso is the Managing Director of Corsair LLC, a supply chain consultancy. In 2013 to
2015, he was the Chief Executive Officer of AKM Consulting, a provider of business development and international project management services in Central and Southwest Asia to U.S. clients in a variety of industries including telecommunications, homeland security, and defense. Since 2013, he has mentored graduate students at The George Washington University, Elliot School of International Affairs on the roles of members of the Country Team at an American embassy, security assistance, and the functions of military advisors attached to an embassy.

Latest articles from James

  • Kazakhstan Enters New Era Amid Strong Demand For Its Commodities

    Published 27 February 2023 | viewed 1,702 times

    Kazakhstan’s president Kassym-Jomart Tokayev believes “Never let a crisis go to waste.” Tokayev has been on a roll since January 2022, when the government requested…

  • Is Washington's Uzbekistan Strategy A Blueprint For Central Asia?

    Published 28 December 2022 | viewed 3,296 times

    The United States and Uzbekistan recently concluded the second meeting of their Strategic Partnership Dialogue. As Uzbekistan is the most populous country in Central Asia…

  • Why Washington Needs A Friendlier Approach To This Major Gas Producer

    Published 12 November 2022 | viewed 8,565 times

    In September, a bipartisan group of U.S. Representatives called on the U.S. Secretary of State to impose sanctions on the People's Democratic Republic of Algeria…

  • NOPEC Bill Won’t Bring Oil Prices Down

    Published 12 October 2022 | viewed 7,437 times

    “Nobody f*cks with a Biden,” said the U.S. president, and the oil ministers of the member countries of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries…

  • What Iran Should Do If JCPOA Fails

    Published 16 September 2022 | viewed 11,828 times

    The negotiations to revive the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) between Iran and the P5+1 (China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, the United States,…

  • Can Azerbaijan Help Solve Europe’s Gas Crisis?

    Published 11 June 2022 | viewed 5,423 times

    The Russia-Ukraine war disrupted global supply chains and weakened economies worldwide, but it spells opportunity for Azerbaijan, the hinge of Europe and Asia. The U.S.…

  • Is The TAPI Pipeline Finally Ready To Go?

    Published 17 January 2022 | viewed 8,447 times

    The Turkmenistan–Afghanistan–Pakistan–India (TAPI) natural gas pipeline has been long aborning, but its prospects recently got a shot in the arm. The 1100-mile, $10 billion project…

  • China Makes Move On Riyadh As Washington Considers Sanctions

    Published 03 March 2021 | viewed 31,257 times

    Panda Express isn’t just a fast-food chain in Saudi Arabia. Soon it’ll be the daily Air China flight bringing Chinese businessmen and officials to the…

  • Conflict Between Armenia And Azerbaijan Threatens Europe’s Energy Security

    Published 07 September 2020 | viewed 7,771 times

    On 12 July 2020, Armenia’s military shelled the village of Aghdam in Azerbaijan’s Tovuz district in the northwest of the country. The forces of Azerbaijan…

  • America’s “Caesar” sanctions On Syria Will Damage The Middle East

    Published 11 July 2020 | viewed 22,300 times

    In 2003, the red-hot source was “Curveball;” in 2020, its “Caesar.” The U.S. might soon discover if the second time is, in fact, farce.  On…

  • Azerbaijan: A Crucial Energy Hub

    Published 13 January 2018 | viewed 20,416 times

    The estate agent’s mantra is “Location, location, location,” which is also Azerbaijan’s challenge and opportunity.  Recent developments in Azerbaijan’s neighborhood – the potential resolution of…

  • Partitioning Syria: Oil, Gas And Peace

    Published 05 June 2017 | viewed 25,494 times

    It’s the 101st anniversary of the Sykes–Picot Agreement and, in light of the non-stop Syrian Civil War, it’s time to ask, “How’s that working out…

  • The Natural Gas War Burning Under Syria

    Published 22 September 2016 | viewed 65,140 times

    Qatar always wanted to punch above its weight. In Syria, it got the chance. In 2009, Qatar, a leading natural gas producer, approached Syria about…

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