The global surface temperature
27 September 2017
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China won’t save global climate protection policies
China has made big strides in greening its energy sector. But while some hope this means the country can become a new leader in the fight against global climate change, Beijing’s goals are different. The moves it is making now are aimed at putting China in an advantageous geopolitical position, ...
Dr. Frank Umbach
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Kazakhstan-EU energy cooperation threatens Russian interests
In December 2015, the European Union and Kazakhstan signed a new “enhanced partnership and cooperation agreement,” which, among other things, calls for greater collaboration on energy issues. Closer ties – whether in the form of natural gas supplies or green technologies – could benefit both sides. However, the success of ...
Dr. Frank Umbach
The energy mix revolution in Japan
Japan is moving full throttle toward renewable energy. Five years ago, before the Fukushima Daiichi accident in March 2011, such a development would have been inconceivable because the country’s so called “nuclear village” held tight control over the energy sector. The powerful pro-nuclear lobby comprised of elite bureaucrats, utility executives, ...
Dr. Stefan Lippert
Turkey-Russia conflict has implications for the South Caucasus
When Turkey shot down a Russian warplane in November, the ensuing conflict between the two countries had ripple effects in the South Caucasus and beyond. Turkey made a strong statement of its readiness to defend its interests in a turbulent neighborhood, reinforcing its status as a regional power to be ...
France’s losing gambit in atomic chess
Energy is a potent currency in geopolitical relations. For an example, look no further than Europe, where France and Russia have been engaged in an unspoken struggle for primacy in the nuclear power industry. At first France took the lead, as Areva looked like a global champion that could potentially ...
Dr. Emmanuel Martin