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Wed, Jan 20, 2021

US targets Putin’s pipelines from Baltic Sea to Balkans

Washington’s attention has recently focused on Nord Stream 2, but US officials also face similar challenges in Southern Europe, where Russia is once again using energy to advance its geopolitical interests.

UkraineAlert by Diane Francis

Eastern Europe Geopolitics & Energy Security

Sat, Jan 2, 2021

US imposes new sanctions to kill off Putin’s pet pipeline

New US sanctions look set to thwart Russian efforts to complete a strategically important natural gas pipeline that would greatly strengthen the Kremlin's control over European energy supplies.

UkraineAlert by Diane Francis

European Union Geopolitics & Energy Security

Tue, Dec 1, 2020

Naftogaz reforms in danger

Along with the country’s other anti-corruption success stories, Ukraine's Naftogaz is coming under pressure from malevolent forces intent on recapturing state enterprises and turning back the clock.

UkraineAlert by Diane Francis

Energy Markets & Governance Geopolitics & Energy Security

Diane Francis is a well-known journalist, author, broadcaster, and editor-at-large at the National Post. She writes for publications around the world and is a regular contributor to radio and television, the PostMedia newspaper chain, Atlantic Council in DC, Singularity University Hub, the American Interest in DC, and Kyiv Post, among other publications. She is a sought-after speaker at conferences on technology, geopolitics, US-Canada, business, energy, Russia-Ukraine, and white-collar crime.

She is also on the Faculty at Singularity University in Mountain View California, a nonresident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council in Washington DC, a distinguished professor at Ryerson University, and is on the boards of the Hudson Institute’s Kleptocracy Initiative and the Canada-US Law Institute. She is a member of Abundance360, created by Silicon Valley influencer and space pioneer Peter Diamandis, who leads this exclusive group of 250 entrepreneurs. She has also served as a director on the boards of two New York Stock Exchange-listed corporations.

Ms. Francis is an expert on Silicon Valley, future technology, geopolitics, energy, business, and white-collar crime, and has written ten books covering government corruption, business fraud, money laundering, politics, immigration, and economics. Her most recent book, Merger of the Century: Why Canada and America Should Become One Country, posits that both countries should combine in order to combat Russia, China, and the Asian Tigers’ emerging economies.

She has traveled and covered major news events including the fall of the Berlin Wall, the dismantling of the Soviet Union, Ukraine’s Orange Revolution, the biggest boiler room stock fraud in Amsterdam, Mandela’s ascension to power in South Africa, the Colombian cocaine trade, and the Quebec referendum on separation from Canada, to name some highlights.

She has won numerous national writing awards, received three honorary doctorates, and in 2019 was given the Friend of Ukraine Tryzub Award. She has been a visiting fellow at Harvard University’s Joan Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics, and Public Policy. In 1991, she became editor of Canada’s Financial Post, the first woman editor of a national daily newspaper in Canada.

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