Robert M. Cutler

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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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Dani Rodrik, Rafiq Hariri Professor of International Political Economy at Harvard University’s Kennedy School, was born in Istanbul. He writes: I no longer recognize Turkey, the country where I was raised and spend most of my time when I am not teaching in the U.S. It wasn’t so long ago that the country seemed to… » read more

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I am completing a lecture and consultation tour through Romania and Hungary, and although I have not yet had time to collect my impressions so as to share them, I invite feedback from readers to identify the issues that are of concern to you or opinions about which you may seek to spark discussion. (Indicative… » read more

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As you know, Europeans with an interest in energy affairs get very excited when discussing the source of the gas they’ll in 5-10 years. Especially in Italy, where Berlusconi’s center-right government is openly defying EU policy on the matter and nurturing very close ties to Russia, the debate tends to be quite heated and often partisan. We would like then to here the view of an informed and independent outsider on this.

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An Iranian official’s declaration that his country has entered into negotiations with European firms about the supply of natural gas into the Nabucco pipeline intended to supply Europe via Turkey was rejected this week by one of the firms concerned.

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