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  • Poland’s Role in Energy Bridge and Regional Energy Security

    The following is the third installment in a three-part series on the proposed Energy Bridge project, an energy development and regional energy interconnection initiative for Ukraine and its neighbors. In Part 1 of this series, we described the Energy Bridge project and why it is an important initiative for Ukraine. In Part 2 of the series, we discuss the implications of Energy Bridge for the EU and other international parties. In this Part 3 of the series, we focus on Poland’s role.

    Poland’s concerns about Russian military and hybrid threats has induced Europe’s 9th largest economy to increase its defense...

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  • Wald Quoted in CNN Business on Saudi Crisis


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  • How Oil Turns Antagonists to Allies

    Oil market dynamics can make for strange bedfellows, as overlapping economic interests can often trump entrenched regional rivalries or bilateral strife. That is not to say that oil markets are not vulnerable to geopolitical events—they are. Probably the most well-known and often cited example of a geopolitical issue to effect oil markets was the 1973 Arab-Israeli War, in which Arab oil producers claimed to have embargoed oil supplies to the United States in retribution for US military assistance to the Israelis during the conflict.

    However, while the link between oil and geopolitics has certainly been demonstrated on several occasions, not every geopolitical issue bleeds over into the oil market.

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  • Despite Trump, Republican View on Climate Change Evolves

    President says he doesn't know if global warming is manmade.

    US President Donald J. Trump’s October 14 interview with 60 Minutes was noteworthy for several reasons, though less for the president’s words on climate change than for the slowly—but meaningfully—changing political climate around him. 

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  • Wald Quoted in SP & Global on Potential US Sanctions Against Saudis Over Jamal Khashoggi


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  • The United Nations’ Deadly Serious Call to Action on Climate Change

    Over the weekend, the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a new report, authored in part by US scientists and approved by US officials, that provides an updated snapshot of the likely future impacts from increasingly severe climate change, as well as the world’s progress toward avoiding them. The report has drawn significant media attention, not least because it brings renewed scrutiny and debate to just what the world, and particularly the United States, can and should be doing to avoid the disruption, instability, and costs of a warming world.

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  • Ukraine’s Nuclear State of Play: The International Dimension

    The following is the second installment in a three-part series on the proposed Energy Bridge project, an energy development and regional energy interconnection initiative for Ukraine and its neighbors. In Part 1 of this series, we described the Energy Bridge project and why it is an important initiative for Ukraine. In this Part 2, we discuss the implications of Energy Bridge for the European Union (EU) and other international parties.

    Given the importance of Ukraine’s energy and national security for US national interests, the US and its European partners should take a closer look at the merits and risks of Kyiv’s Energy Bridge proposal.

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  • What Role Can Energy Bridge Play in Ukraine’s Energy Resilience?

    The following is the first installment in a three-part series on the proposed Energy Bridge project, an energy development and regional energy interconnection initiative for Ukraine and its neighbors. The series covers issues and opportunities related to Energy Bridge from three viewpoints: Ukraine, the European Union (EU) and other international parties (e.g., the US), and Poland.

    Energy insecurity in Ukraine has the potential to be even more destabilizing in the long-term than the conflict in the Donbass region.

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  • Ellinas Quoted in Financial Times on Israeli Gas Exports to Egypt


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  • The Path to a Cleaner Future in Wyoming’s Coal Country

    This blog is the fourth piece in a series examining the global energy transition through the lens of communities with a significant stake in the traditional energy economy. In examining the social, political, and economic dynamics, policy choices that are made or missed, and the approaches that seem most promising and scalable, there is the possibility of strengthening social cohesion and equitable outcomes amid the global energy transition. You can find the previous post here.

    For nearly 40 years, Wyoming has been the largest coal producerin the United States. Its communities and their identities have been inextricably tied to the resource, an identity that many people are now grappling with as coal continues to lose its footing in the energy market.

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