Blog / Environment & Energy

Shale Gas Can Break Cycle of Autocracy in Middle East

Modern statecraft often has a fine line between the optimal outcome and a morally questionable one. Nowhere is this dilemma more apparent than in the Middle East – specifically the Gulf. It is unfortunate that nations like America and Britain, with proud histories of individual freedom and human rights, can be allied to oil dictators …

Untitled. Photographer: Brian Elder
Blog / Environment & Energy

Climate governance: time to think radically

Photo Source: Brian Elder via Flickr Creative Commons.

The United Nations was designed to protect states from imperialism. It was founded in the aftermath of the two great wars in the early twentieth century, and serves as an international framework to guarantee state sovereignty; making sure that each state stays within its borders. Its …

U.S. Pacific Fleet in waters East of Okinawa (July 30, 2014) via Flickr Commons
Americas / Asia

The Geopolitics of the Oceans

U.S. Pacific Fleet in waters East of Okinawa (July 30, 2014) via Flickr Commons

The world’s oceans cover more than 70 percent of the Earth. They have been and still are an integral part of human history, our food chain and environment. Yet, most geopolitical discussions nowadays are focused on land based territorial disputes. This …

Blog / Environment & Energy

Looking ahead to the Paris 2015 Climate Change Conference: Are we doomed to have a repeat of Copenhagen?

World leaders talk during the 2009 Copenhagen Climate Change Conference. Pete Souza, via Wikimedia Commons

On the 30th of November 2015, Paris will host the UN Climate Change Conference, also referred to as the Twenty-first session of the Conference of the Parties (COP21). After the Copenhagen Summit’s failure in 2009 to deliver a meaningful solution, …

Trans Adriatic Gas  Pipeline  Map, Genti77 via        Wikicommons
Blog / Environment & Energy

The changing landscape for Energy in Europe

Trans Adriatic Gas Pipeline Map, Genti77 via Wikicommons

During the last months major changes have been taking place in the sector of energy security strategy in the European continent. While the EU has adopted a framework for its energy strategy until 2030, quickly changing international developments have created a sense of urgency to act. Various …

Industrial city, Donetsk
Blog / Environment & Energy

Assessing the environmental impact of the conflict in Eastern Ukraine

Industrial city Donetsk, Vladimir Yaitskiy via Flickr 

The conflict in Eastern Ukraine reached a tentative ceasefire at the second Minsk agreements in February of this year, and yet shelling and military activity continue in Donbass and the eastern part of the country. Coverage of the conflict highlights the strange interplay between cultural and linguistic claims …

Emissions are public bads. They should be taxed. Photo: Arnold Paul via Wikimedia Commons.
Blog / Environment & Energy

It´s the Tax, Stupid! Finally Putting a Price on Carbon Emissions

Benjamin Franklin said there were only two things certain in life: death and taxes. Not so in global environmental politics, where the introduction of a carbon tax has met fierce opposition. In spite of all the arguments in favor of a significant carbon tax – being advocated for by environmentalists, some progressive politicians, journalists, and …

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The EU And Energy Security

Major Russian Gas Pipelines – Sam Bailey via Wikimedia Commons

This year the crisis in Ukraine has threatened EU gas supplies and along with this the recent drop in oil prices has threatened member nations’ resolve to move away from fossil fuels towards more sustainable and self sufficient energies. The crisis in Ukraine has particularly …