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Vanand Meliksetian

Contributor since: 13 Feb 2018

Vanand Meliksetian

Vanand Meliksetian is an energy and utilities consultant who has worked with several major international energy companies. He has an LL.M. from VU Amsterdam University Law and Politics of International Security where he wrote his thesis on Russian-European energy relations. He specializes in international legal and political developments.

Latest articles from Vanand

  • Why Nuclear Energy Is Critical For Russia

    Published 15 July 2018 | viewed 8,623 times

    As the world’s largest natural gas and oil producer and exporter, Russia plays an important role in setting the global geopolitical agenda. The recent agreement…

  • The Broader Implications Of U.S. Sanctions On Iran

    Published 10 July 2018 | viewed 9,488 times

    President Donald Trump’s aversion towards Iran’s rulers has been obvious since his announcement for running for the office of US president. His confrontational policy has…

  • The Netherlands Can’t Afford To Keep Its Natural Gas Promise

    Published 03 July 2018 | viewed 11,675 times

    The Netherlands has been the source of cheap energy for northwest Europe for the past decades. The discovery of the Groningen gas field, the 9th…

  • The Most Important Geopolitical Meeting This Year

    Published 01 July 2018 | viewed 8,059 times

    Relations between the United States and Russia have deteriorated dramatically over the years due to Moscow’s intervention in neighbouring Ukraine and its annexation of Crimea.…

  • China To Become Most Influential Player In Natural Gas Markets

    Published 27 June 2018 | viewed 7,743 times

    The unprecedented economic development of China created serious environmental problems starting in December 1978 after Deng Xiaoping’s ‘opening up policy’. The Asian country transformed from…

  • Is “America First” Hurting Global Energy Relations?

    Published 24 June 2018 | viewed 7,097 times

    Throughout history the strong bond between the United States and Europe, arguably the world’s most important alliance, has been decisive within the international arena. Massive…

  • A Storm Is Brewing In The Southern Gas Corridor

    Published 23 June 2018 | viewed 13,512 times

    No fewer than Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Turkish Cypriot President Mustafa…

  • NAFTA Rift Could Be A Boon For Canadian Oil

    Published 21 June 2018 | viewed 13,263 times

    Looming trade wars have made frequent headlines since the election of U.S. president Donald J. Trump. His view on the U.S.’ position in global trade…

  • Why There Won’t Be An OPEC For Battery Metals

    Published 16 June 2018 | viewed 13,202 times

    Over the past 58 years, major oil-producing states have aligned their interests in the ‘Organization of Oil Producing Countries’. During those years, OPEC has been…

  • New Players Enter The European Gas Game

    Published 10 June 2018 | viewed 8,277 times

    The expansion of the European Union in 2004 and 2007 indirectly led to several crises at a level not seen since the oil embargo of…

  • Russia’s Middle East Strategy Explained

    Published 03 June 2018 | viewed 9,014 times

    Nowhere has Russia’s resurgent power been more on display than in the Middle East, where Moscow has undeniably matched, and some would say, outstripped Washington…

  • The Battle For Energy Dominance In The Mediterranean

    Published 27 May 2018 | viewed 7,538 times

    The Eastern Mediterranean is easily one of the most important and hotly contested regions in the world due to several key factors: the Suez Canal…

  • Can Russia Maintain European Energy Dominance?

    Published 31 March 2018 | viewed 8,610 times

    The ninetieth century was the age of conquest and the ‘Great Game’ between the vast empires of Imperial Russia and the United Kingdom. Before the…

  • Can The Netherlands Stay Ahead In Natural Gas Markets?

    Published 22 March 2018 | viewed 5,307 times

    In 2016 the Dutch gas market achieved a major milestone when the TTF natural gas hub became the benchmark for European gas, taking the lead…

  • The Pros And Cons Of Nord Stream 2

    Published 24 February 2018 | viewed 10,067 times

    There are few issues as divisive in the EU as the planned construction of Nord Stream 2, another direct gas infrastructure connection between Germany and…

  • Blood, Oil And Gas: 7 Years Of Syrian Civil War

    Published 13 February 2018 | viewed 11,645 times

    The Syrian civil war is in its seventh year. The battlefield has changed multiple times together with a number of belligerents. The dynamic political and military…

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