Archive for May, 2014

Crimea: Putin’s War for Oil and Gas?

Crimea: Putin’s War for Oil and Gas?

| May 21, 2014

In annexing Crimea, the Russians can claim ownership of—or at any rate, control over—an enormous area of the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov, off the Crimean shoreline, and with them their underwater resources.

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As Putin Looks East, China and Russia Sign $400-Billion Gas Deal

As Putin Looks East, China and Russia Sign $400-Billion Gas Deal

| May 21, 2014

The long-awaited agreement is a political triumph for Russian President Vladimir Putin, who is courting partners in Asia as those in Europe and the United States seek to isolate him over Moscow’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea peninsula.

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China Steps up Speed of Oil Stockpiling as Tensions Mount in Asia

China Steps up Speed of Oil Stockpiling as Tensions Mount in Asia

| May 18, 2014

Beijing has ordered an “unprecedented” build-up of oil reserves as West prepares for possible oil sanctions against Russia.

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In Taking Crimea, Putin Gains a Sea of Fuel Reserves

In Taking Crimea, Putin Gains a Sea of Fuel Reserves

| May 17, 2014

When Russia seized Crimea in March, it acquired not just the Crimean landmass but also a maritime zone more than three times its size with the rights to underwater resources potentially worth trillions of dollars.

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China and the Age of Contempt

China and the Age of Contempt

| May 15, 2014

The United States’ allies in Asia needed reassurance from Washington that, despite missteps in Syria and Ukraine, it was serious about defending the political and economic order in Asia. But reassuring allies also means demonstrating U.S. intent and capability to stand up to China’s revanchism.

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He’s Made It Worse: Obama’s Middle East

He’s Made It Worse: Obama’s Middle East

| May 1, 2014

Under Barack Obama’s leadership, in almost every square inch of the Middle East, the strategic position of the United States has decayed. And the region itself is far worse off than it was when he took office.

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