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Economic and Energy Security

From Ukraine to Southeast Asia, via the Middle East, energy continues to be a major geopolitical issue, and an important IISS research strand in an era of climate change.

Discussion Meeting

The Security of Seaborne Oil & Gas Trade: An Economic Approach

Dr Pierre Noël presented the key findings of an IISS research project looking at the economic implications of maritime insecurity in the Middle East and Southeast Asia.

  • Strategic Comments

    Washington’s incoherent climate policy

    06 February 2018.  US President Donald Trump's reversal of long-standing American climate policy – in particular, his decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement – is informed mainly by domestic politics, ideology and short-termism. Even if sub-federal US entities' voluntary adherence to emissions reduction enables the United States to meet its targets, following through on the rejection of the Agreement would intensify perceptions that the United States has abdicated global leadership.

  • Expert Commentary

    Iran comes face to face with its own contradictions

    03 January 2018.  Economic problems fuel recent protests in the Islamic Republic.

  • Events

    Singapore International Energy Week: India’s energy strategy

    26 October 2017. 

    Thursday 26 October, 9.30am–12pm SGT
    Sands Expo and Convention Centre, Marina Bay Sands Singapore
    Pierre Noel, Senior Fellow for Economic and Energy Security, IISS
    Ashwin Gambhir, Senior Research Associate, Prayas Energy Group
    Dipesh Dipu, Founder and Partner, Jenissi Consulting
    Neeti Tandon, Asia Advisor, Gas Policy & Market Development, Shell
    Pierre Noel, Senior Fellow for Economic and Energy Security, IISS

  • IISS Voices

    Singapore International Energy Week: the Greening of Asia

    09 October 2017.  A roundtable discussion will ask how Asia's energy dynamics affect global environmental ambitions - and reflect on the pressures driving Asian energy policies. 

  • Politics and Strategy

    North Korea: An oil embargo probably wouldn’t work

    06 September 2017.  In the wake of North Korea’s latest provocations, some politicians have called for an oil embargo on the country to bring it to heel.

  • Politics and Strategy

    The Power of Siberia natural-gas project: commercial or political?

    30 January 2017.  For Russia, the Power of Siberia gas deal with China is a long-term investment aimed at securing geopolitical returns

  • Survival

    Russia and China: A New Model of Great-Power Relations

    26 January 2017.  By accommodating each other’s strategic interests, Russia and China have achieved an effective partnership despite significant imbalances between them.

  • Survival

    The New Oil Regime

    12 September 2016. 

    The oil-price collapse that began in June 2014 was not just a correction typical of commodity markets. It will be seen retrospectively as the start of a new era.

  • Strategic Comments

    The international politics of climate change after Brexit

    31 August 2016. 

    The Paris Agreement provides a framework for achieving cuts in greenhouse-gas emissions that could mitigate the worst of global warming, and there has been a trend of increased participation and stronger national institutional support, cooperation and ambition towards that end. Among EU states, the United Kingdom has led that trend for three decades. The uncertainty introduced by the Brexit vote may weaken it.

  • Events

    The Security of Oil Trade: A Regional Geo-economics Perspective

    03 February 2016. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Khalifa, Chief Executive, nogaholding
    Dr Jarmo Kotilaine, Chief Economist, Bahrain Economic Development Board
    Dr Pierre Noël, Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah Senior Fellow for Economic and Energy Security, IISS
    Dr Omar Al-Ubaydli, Program Director for International and Geo-Political Studies, Bahrain Center for Strategic, International and Energy Studies
    IISS–Middle East, Manama
    Wednesday 3 February 2016, 17.00-18.00pm AST

IISS Voices

Changing Dynamics of India–West Asia Relations

With fundamental changes in the political and economic balances at a global and regional level, it is not a coincidence that as India ‘looks West’, the GCC too is looking East, to India.