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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.

  • Events

    Global Strategic Review 2014

    19 September 2014. 

    11th IISS Global Strategic Review
    Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel, Oslo
    19-21 September 2014

  • Events

    Press Launch - Strategic Survey 2014

    18 September 2014. 

    Press Launch
    Arundel House, London
    Thursday 18 September 2014

  • Politics and Strategy

    Pierre Noël: Europe must not block the South Stream pipeline

    16 September 2014.  In responding to the Ukraine security crisis, the European Union should have done whatever it could to insulate the Russia–Europe gas relationship from foreign-policy tension. By opposing South Stream, the pipeline system that would bypass Ukraine as a gas-transit country, it has done the exact opposite. Understandably enough, EU leaders state that they are unwilling to cooperate with Moscow at Kiev’s expense. They appear to have suddenly realised that a bypassed...

  • Expert Commentary

    Bloomberg: EU-Russia Gas Trade is Biggest Stake: Noel

    09 September 2014.  Hassanal Bolkiah Senior Fellow for Economic & Energy Security, IISS Pierre Noel discusses Europe’s reliance on Russian gas, the significance of Russia’s trade pact with China and the possibility of a gas crisis between Europe and Russia with Bloomberg’s Rishaad Salamat on 'On The Move.' Watch at Bloomberg  Former US National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski, will discuss 'The International System and the Ukraine Crisis' in the first plenary session of the 2014 IISS Global...

  • Expert Commentary

    Straits Times: Asia would pay a price if Russia-EU gas trade collapsed

    01 September 2014.  By Pierre Noel, Hassanal Bolkiah Senior Fellow in Economic and Energy Security The crisis in Ukraine is relevant to Asia, both politically and in terms of energy security. Politically, it illustrates the fact that economic interdependence may not prevent states taking decisive action if they feel that core national security interests are at stake in a dispute. In terms of energy security, a collapse of the trade in natural gas between Russia...

  • Events

    Geo-political risks and geo-economic opportunities

    08 June 2014. 

    IISS and Norwegian Embassy Panel Discussion
    Dr Sanjaya Baru, Director for Geo-economics and Strategy, IISS
    Dr Pierre Noel, Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah Senior Fellow for Economic and Energy Security, IISS
    Emile Hokayem, Senior Fellow for Regional Security, IISS-Middle East
    Dr Samuel Charap, Senior Fellow for Russia and Eurasia, IISS
    St Regis Hotel, Abu Dhabi
    Sunday 08 June 2014

  • Expert Commentary

    Bloomberg: Ukraine Abused Russian Gas Transit Monopoly: Noël

    04 June 2014.  Pierre Noël, senior fellow for economic and energy security at the International Institute for Strategic Studies, discusses the Ukraine crisis with Angie Lau on Bloomberg Television's 'First Up.' Watch at Bloomberg TV 

  • Politics and Strategy

    Michal Meidan: China’s energy-security debate redux

    31 May 2014.  Resource and maritime security are prominent on the agenda at the IISS Shangri-La Dialogue. The choice of topics is timely in light of recent tensions in the South China Sea, sparked by the deployment of an offshore oil rig by China National Offshore Oil Corporation in waters claimed by both Beijing and Hanoi. Access to energy, especially natural gas, is certainly a factor in Beijing’s position on the South China...

  • Survival

    The Implications of China’s Energy-Import Boom

    19 May 2014.  Ensuring access to foreign oil has lost its dominance in Beijing’s energy-policy debates.

  • Survival

    Asia’s Energy Supply and Maritime Security

    19 May 2014.  Asia’s reliance on international, seaborne energy trade is conducive to strategic cooperation. Whether this will outweigh strategic competition is far from certain.

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