Robert M. Cutler

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It is in serious trouble, but is the Russian economy unsustainable? Western sanctions have restricted Russian companies’ access to international financial markets, but it is the state’s policies and priorities that are tanking its economic performance. Recent statistical releases show the Russian economy unsustainable without reform Recent statistical releases show that the gross domestic product… » read more

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Who buys Kazakhstan’s oil production today? Question:  How might the falling oil prices affect Kazakhstan’s ability to develop and deliver oil to other countries, especially Europe? Answer:  The Italian company ENI been major player in the Kazakhstan’s energy sector for nearly a quarter-century, involved in the development of Kashagan and Karachaganak fields. Italy is the… » read more

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Azerbaijan will have an important say in whose gas enters TANAP. In the beginning its own gas from the offshore Shah Deniz deposit is on tap. Baku hopes that the Absheron deposit being developed with the French firm Total will follow suit in time for inclusion into an expanded South Caucasus Pipeline and TANAP system.… » read more

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The EU seems finally beginning not only to realize its situation as a geopolitical and geo-economic actor in the energy sector, but also to take consequential steps in the real world that reflect its particular interests. This is preferable to its holding itself out as a bland and universal “exporter of European values” abstracted from… » read more

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