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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

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    Published 23 February 2020 | viewed 53,130 times

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  • The New Energy Superpower In The Middle East

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    Published 15 January 2020 | viewed 16,219 times

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    Published 13 January 2020 | viewed 33,041 times

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  • Bringing Transparency To China's Opaque Oil Market

    Published 09 January 2020 | viewed 6,909 times

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  • Turkey’s Energy Agenda Puts The Entire Region At Risk

    Published 06 January 2020 | viewed 10,482 times

    The East Mediterranean has become a highly contested region due to the discovery of major hydrocarbon reserves which has triggered a scramble for energy wealth.…

  • Nord Stream 2 Sanctions Are A Win-Win For Putin

    Published 23 December 2019 | viewed 19,075 times

    The construction of Nord Stream 2 (NS2) has been a rollercoaster of a project with many ups and downs for both its proponents and opponents.…

  • A Perfectly Timed Natural Gas Glut For Russia

    Published 19 December 2019 | viewed 19,370 times

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  • The Worrying Truth About Russia’s Oil Industry

    Published 16 December 2019 | viewed 30,181 times

    The widespread adaptation of the combustion engine at the start of the 20th century propelled oil into becoming the world’s most important commodity. Resource-rich countries…

  • Is The Qatar Blockade Coming To An End?

    Published 15 December 2019 | viewed 66,334 times

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  • The Pipeline Threatening A U.S.-China Trade Deal

    Published 02 December 2019 | viewed 17,748 times

    Russia is the second-largest producer and the largest exporter of natural gas in the world. The country’s most important customers are in Europe where the…

  • The Natural Gas Nation Every Exporter Is Targeting

    Published 27 November 2019 | viewed 30,400 times

    Germany’s economy is the biggest and most dynamic in Europe and its gas demand makes it Gazprom’s largest customer in terms of natural gas imports.…

  • Turkey And Europe On Collision Course Over Energy Agenda

    Published 19 November 2019 | viewed 12,675 times

    Turkey’s location has always given it a key geostrategic advantage. Its proximity to the Middle East and the Caspian as well as its position on…

  • The Inevitable Finale Of The Nord Stream 2 Saga

    Published 11 November 2019 | viewed 15,383 times

    Europe is quickly becoming one of the most important export destinations for gas exporters. Production is decreasing quickly due to political and technical developments. The…

  • The $22 Trillion Market Keeping Coal Afloat

    Published 11 November 2019 | viewed 17,155 times

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  • Is The Era Of U.S. Energy Dominance Already Over?

    Published 31 October 2019 | viewed 27,672 times

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    Published 24 October 2019 | viewed 14,123 times

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