Ukraine and Russia have had a stormy relationship over gas supply and gas transit for two decades. Periodically their disputes spill over to affect gas supply of their European neighbors, usually in the dead of winter, most recently in January of 2006 and 2009. Just as regularly the two sides declare that they have solved their problems, only for another crisis to appear a few years later.
On November 14, 2013, roughly 40 participants from the federal government, industry, and environmental community gathered at CSIS for a three-hour session to discuss two issues: (1) Why electric utilities are interested in small modular reactors (SMRs) and their potential domestic market; and (2) The potential role for the U.S.
President Ilham Aliyev of Azerbaijan and a number of Western leaders witnessed December 17 in Baku the signing of documents for the final investment decision (FID) on the Shah Deniz phase II development. Shah Deniz gas exports from Azerbaijan will bring new volumes of natural gas to Europe.
The United States has long acknowledged the importance of its allies and partners in securing shared interests. More recently, drawdowns in defense spending by the United States and many of its security partners have increased the urgency of leveraging and synthesizing national capabilities where possible. CSIS has launched the Federated Defense Project to assess and recommend
Will Europe reduce its dependence on Russia for natural gas supplies? This question, prompted by the North American unconventional gas 'revolution,' has incited considerable debate.
New Perspectives in Foreign Policy is published by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) to provide a forum for young professionals to debate issues of importance in foreign policy. Though New Perspectives seeks to bring new voices into the dialogue, it does not endorse specific opinions or policy prescriptions.
Over the past decade the world has watched as energy demand growth has shifted away from traditional energy consumers in the developed world to the growing economies in developing regions. No growth has been as dramatic as the demand surge experienced in Asia, where energy demand has grown by 75 percent.
On Friday President Obama issued a new executive order  directing federal agencies to coordinate with state and local actors to increase the ability to prepare for the impacts of climate change and to improve the resiliency of communities and infrastructure.
This week marks the 40th anniversary of the Arab Oil Embargo. And while certain (and selective) aspects of the event will undoubtedly be commemorated with policy fora and written reflections, it is useful to recall the contributory causes, significant impacts, and resultant policy- and market-induced outcomes in order to view the event in proper perspective.