Gas Politics and Gay Rights: Russia’s Soft Power Problems
In Romanian, the word ‘maidan’ means empty, weed-choked field. So it was more than a bit funny when the word became a household term across the EU in the past few months. The ‘Euromaidan’ became a symbol of democracy and the fight of the Ukraininan people against the choking weeds […]
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Iranian Nuclear Program, A Right Or A Privilege?
Just like any other energy source, nuclear energy also has its advantages and disadvantages. The splitting of atoms and the release of energy is a fascinating phenomenon and also a very dangerous one. If used properly a kilogram of Uranium can produce energy equivalent to one million tons of coal or […]
A Nuked up Jordan?
Since the Egyptian revolution in January-February 2011, the Egyptian gas pipe that supplies Jordan and Israel has been bombed 4 times up to the time of writing. Egyptian gas is vital for Jordan because with it Jordan generates 80% of its electricity. At this time particularly, all eyes are turned to the […]
Natural Gas Reserves and Asian Peace
Transnational Pipeline should become a source of stability and security in the Asian region by avoiding the “resource curse”.
The Political Economy of Oil and Gas in Southeast Asia: Heading Towards the Natural Resource Curse?
The notion of the resource curse suggests that countries with large caches of natural resources often perform worse in terms of economic growth, social development, and good governance than other countries with fewer resources. The theory posits that countries depending on oil or other extractive industries for their livelihood are […]