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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

  • Russia Pulls Ahead In Middle East Nuclear Race

    Published 13 November 2018 | viewed 7,424 times

    In most of the industrialized world, nuclear energy has lost its appeal due to, among other reasons, the disaster at Fukushima in 2011. Few countries…

  • Rosneft’s Middle East Strategy Explained

    Published 10 November 2018 | viewed 6,352 times

    Where some see hardship, others see opportunity. Russia’s most valuable export products are oil and gas of which the top producers are Rosneft and Gazprom,…

  • Why Are Middle Eastern LNG Imports Soaring?

    Published 03 November 2018 | viewed 9,848 times

    The Arab world is blessed with some of the most impressive hydrocarbon reserves in the world, but despite impressive domestic reserves, production has failed to…

  • Can Russia Relieve The Iranian Oil Crisis?

    Published 30 October 2018 | viewed 6,917 times

    Charles de Gaulle once said: “no nation has friends, only interests.” Cooperation between Russia and Iran has been increasing over the years. The countries are…

  • Oil Majors Win Big In New NAFTA Deal

    Published 23 October 2018 | viewed 13,263 times

    President Donald Trump’s election shook the foundations of America’s alliance with two of its most important allies and trading partners: Canada and Mexico. His campaign…

  • The Biggest Winners In The Mediterranean Energy War

    Published 20 October 2018 | viewed 9,842 times

    Former Vice-President of the United States Dick Cheney once said: “the good lord didn’t see fit to put oil and gas only where there are…

  • U.S. And Europe Divided On The Future Of Oil

    Published 17 October 2018 | viewed 6,701 times

    Several energy revolutions have, over the centuries, changed the world: first, man learned to transform fire into kinetic energy during the Industrial Revolution with the…

  • The Perfect Storm Bringing China And Russia Together

    Published 10 October 2018 | viewed 13,967 times

    During the Cold War, China and the Soviet Union regarded one another as strategic adversaries. Relations between Beijing and Moscow, however, have significantly improved over…

  • Gazprom's Bid To Maintain European Energy Dominance

    Published 02 October 2018 | viewed 5,887 times

    Gazprom is an important player in the European gas market for two reasons. Its monopoly status in Russia when it comes to exporting natural gas…

  • Can Nord Stream 2 Be Stopped?

    Published 25 September 2018 | viewed 9,115 times

    Pipelines, for a long time, were the most important method of transportation for natural gas. This fixed form of infrastructure has the advantage of lower…

  • Is 2018 A Banner Year For Gazprom?

    Published 20 September 2018 | viewed 5,787 times

    So far, 2018 has been a good year for Gazprom. The Russian state-owned company is the biggest investor in oil and gas projects in the…

  • Big Oil’s LNG Obsession

    Published 04 September 2018 | viewed 9,512 times

    Since the early days of the oil and gas industry, a group of Western companies has dominated the industry. These companies have been named ‘Big…

  • Solving The Permian Pipeline Problem

    Published 28 August 2018 | viewed 10,183 times

    The fracking revolution in the U.S. has considerably changed the global oil market and the strategic calculations of market participants. The initial entry of shale…

  • LNG: China’s Biggest Weapon In The Trade War

    Published 15 August 2018 | viewed 17,691 times

    President Donald Trump’s first year in office must have been a pleasant surprise for Chinese President Xi Jinping. A successful state visit in Beijing and…

  • What Happens To Syrian Oil Post-Civil War?

    Published 11 August 2018 | viewed 17,226 times

    Seven years into the Syrian civil war and hundreds of thousands of casualties, the conflict is presumably entering its final stage. At the start of…

  • Who Has The Right To Resources In The Caspian Sea?

    Published 08 August 2018 | viewed 7,501 times

    August 12th, 2018 could well become a historic day for the Caspian Sea region, with states aiming to end a long-running legal disagreement involving the…

  • Russia’s High Risk Global Oil Strategy

    Published 01 August 2018 | viewed 11,815 times

    The energy industry is highly sensitive to U.S. sanctions due to the petrodollar being the single most important currency in global trade. Washington is able…

  • The EU, U.S. LNG Deal Won’t Work

    Published 30 July 2018 | viewed 9,528 times

    A visit from Jean-Claude Juncker, the President of the European Commission, to Washington last week resulted in an agreement between two of the biggest economic…

  • Can Iran Circumvent U.S. Sanctions?

    Published 26 July 2018 | viewed 12,966 times

    On August 6th, the first batch of sanctions against the Islamic Republic will go into effect. This includes sanctions on the acquisition of US dollar…

  • Nord Stream 2's Confusing Endgame

    Published 21 July 2018 | viewed 11,203 times

    The summer of 2018 will go into history as the moment when a US president fundamentally and decisively changed the international world order which its…

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