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Solutions for Russian-Ukrainian Gas Brinksmanship

On 28 January 2011, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich used the World Economic Forum in Davos as a platform to publicly attack Russian gas pipeline policy. This speech was only the most recent sign of growing tensions between the two countries over the continuing gas dispute that many hoped would decrease following Ukraine’s 2010 election of the seemingly pro-Russian president Yanukovich. Specifically at issue is Russian investment in the Nord and South stream pipelines that will reduce Russia and Europe’s dependence on Ukraine as a gas transit country. Heading off future gas disputes between these two countries is an imperative for European supply security, but the EU needs to sit down at the bargaining table and begin playing a larger role.

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From the Editor: The Revolution is Live

In 1970 the American artist and composer Gil Scott-Heron composed an angry and vibrant vocally driven jazz piece called ‘The Revolution Will Not be Televised’. The song rides along the vibe of seething unrest in a tumultuous America at the time and ends with the words, “The revolution will be no re-run brothers; the revolution will be live.” In the Twitter, Facebook, internet-connected age it’s hard not to draw parallels between Scott-Heron’s rap staccato lyrical vision (he’s often referred to as the God-father of Rap) and the raw, jagged and uneven edge of events rolling across the deserts of the Middle East. Skeptics may ask what this has to do with the issues of energy, power, security and stability? The fact is that the tsunami which is building across the MENA region, sparked by a fruit vendor in Tunisia whose scale for weighing his produce was confiscated by police in order to exac...

Common Misconceptions of Rare Earth Elements

Common Misconceptions of Rare Earth Elements

The issue of rare earths, and their treatment by the Chinese, has become a global political football kicked about by import-dependent consumers. While 'rare earths' cannot be discounted for their strategic input into various products ranging from i-pods, radars, and wind turbines, their treatment by China, the world's largest producer of these elements, is nuanced. Contributor Cindy Hurst dispels some of the broad misconceptions regarding rare earths on the eve of the IAGS TREM Center's second annual "Strategic Metals for National Security and Clean Energy" conference to be held in March in Washington D.C.

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