Archive for the ‘Azerbaijan’ Category

Serbia Signs Natural Gas Deal With Azerbaijan

Via Balkan Insight, an article on a new gas deal that will help Serbia achieve its strategic goal of diversifying supplies and strengthen its position as a transit country for gas supplies to Central Europe: Serbia and Azerbaijan signed an agreement in Baku on Wednesday under which some 400 million cubic meters of gas from […]

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The Middle Corridor: A Geopolitical Game-Changer in Eurasian Trade

Via Geopolitical Monitor, a look at the impact that the Middle Corridor may have on evolving geopolitical trade dynamics: In an era marked by rapidly evolving trade dynamics and escalating geopolitical tensions, the rise of the Middle Corridor as a viable alternative trade route is more than just a noteworthy development; it’s a geopolitical game-changer. Bridging the […]

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The Unexpected New Winners in the Global Energy War

Courtesy of The Wall Street Journal, a report on the unusual alliances that Western nations are forging with countries such as Algeria, Azerbaijan, and Congo to replace natural gas from Russia: Once-obscure corners of the energy world, from offshore Congo to Azerbaijan, are booming as Europe finds new sources of natural gas to replace the […]

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Turkmenistan Signals Major Change In Energy-Export Stance

Via Eurasianet, a report on Ashgabat’s shifting position which opens the way for expansion of natural gas supplies to Europe: A big shift is brewing for Caspian Basin energy exports. In a diplomatic about-face, Turkmenistan has signaled its readiness to develop a Trans-Caspian pipeline that potentially could increase natural gas deliveries to the European Union.  […]

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Iran’s Approach to the North and South Transport Corridors: Obstacles & Future Prospects

Via Silk Road Briefing, commentary on Iran’s approach to the North and South Transport Corridors: The International North–South Transport Corridor (INSTC) was established by Iran, Russia and India in September 2000, and subsequently expanded with the admission of 13 major corridor members such as Azerbaijan, Belarus, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Oman, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkey, Ukraine, and […]

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Competition Among Ports in the Caspian Sea and the Significance of the Port of Baku

Via The Jamestown Foundation, a slightly dated but relevant look at competition among ports in the Caspian Sea: On July 29, the Russian government issued an order concerning plans for the development of federal transport, railway, information and communications infrastructure that includes the construction of Port Lagan, in the Republic of Kalmykia (, August 3). […]

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