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Israel’s Peripheral Diplomacy Concept and Energy Security in the South Caucasus

Israel’s peripheral diplomacy (or periphery alliances) concept takes roots from the late 1950’s geopolitical context in the Middle East. The country, isolated then after 1956 Sinai campaign, sought relationships with regional non-Arab states and national minorities, with no formal treaties...

Natural Gas Strengthens Ties in the Caucasus and Central Asia

Over the last few weeks, Turkish and Caspian authorities have several times celebrated the successful implementation of their oil and gas pipelines, alongside announcing their willingness to cooperate in building the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars (BTK) Railway, though they are still need the consent of two excluded...

Turkish Energy Security in the Spotlight

Energy security in Turkey has been covered before by Natural Gas Europe: as recent events have shown, it remains a critical issue at the intersection of energy, politics, and security. Unless Turkey can get the problem under control it risks becoming a serious liability, coming as it does during a perfect...

Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan’s Gas Legacy

A decade or so ago, the question of how to get the bulk of Azerbaijan’s oil and gas to Western markets led to the historic decision to build the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) and the Baku-Tbilisi-Erzurum (BTE) export pipelines. While the BTC oil pipeline is already one of the world’s biggest...

European Energy Security: Southern Gas Corridor On The Move

After years of political bickering and commercial uncertainty, Europe’s Southern Gas Corridor project is finally gaining traction. If all goes well, Caspian gas can start flowing to Europe no later than 2018, easing the overdependence on Russian energy imports. Final decisions on Azerbaijan's...

The BTE Pipeline Blast: The Implications of Sabotage

At the end of May, the Baku-Tbilisi-Erzurum pipeline carrying gas from Azerbaijan to Turkey blew up in the Turkish section. Full supplies were suspended until 11 June, whilst repair work was carried out on the line. The extent of the damage and the reluctance of Turkish officials to confirm the cause...

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