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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 Dossiers

    Chapter Eleven: Asia’s Energy Supply and Maritime Security

    09 May 2014. 

    Asia drives global energy-consumption growth; Asia will dominate the global seaborne energy trade; Energy Imports as a source of security; Competition for energy resources; Sea lines of communication and access to markets; Maritime territorial disputes and energy security; Conclusion

  • Adelphi Books

    Arctic Opening: Insecurity and Opportunity

    13 January 2014.  A clear-sighted and objective analysis of the geopolitical and geo-economic changes affecting the Arctic as a result of climate change. 

  • Politics and Strategy

    Sarah Brockmeier: Will Berlin clear the way for more common defence?

    09 January 2014.  After the longest coalition talks that Germany has ever seen, the new government has finally taken up its work. In the country’s foreign and defence policy, the world should not expect much change from Germany. As Wolfgang Ischinger, former diplomat and current Chairman of the Munich Security Conference, recently put it, ‘continuity and caution will remain the watchwords of German foreign and security policy’. While he is surely correct about this...

  • Politics and Strategy

    Jeffrey Mazo: Fusion and forecasting

    13 November 2013.  Nearly 60 years ago, Lewis Strauss, head of the US Atomic Energy Commission, said in a speech to the National Association of Science Writers in New York that ‘our children will enjoy in their homes electrical energy too cheap to meter’. This phrase is still cited as an example of the hubris of scientists in forecasting utopian futures in general, and the failed promises of the nuclear-power industry in particular...

  • Events

    Recent trends in the global energy, oil & gas economy

    14 August 2013. 

    IISS-Oberoi Lecture
    Dr Hussain Ibrahim Saleh al-Shahristani
    Deputy Prime Minister for Energy, Iraq
    Rooftop, Trident Nariman Point, Mumbai
    Wednesday 14 August 2013

  • IISS Voices

    Pierre Noel: The future of oil

    23 May 2013.  The increase in US oil and natural gas production could have a dramatic effect on world energy markets, according to Dr Pierre Noel, Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah Senior Fellow for Economic and Energy Security at IISS–Asia. Dr Noel appeared on CNN yesterday to discuss the future of the global oil market, the effect of sanctions against Iran, and new figures released by the International Energy Agency indicating increased oil and gas production in the United States. ‘US...

  • IISS Voices

    Pierre Noel: Change of tack needed in Baltic gas policy

    08 May 2013.  By Pierre Noel, Hassanal Bolkiah Senior Fellow in Economic and Energy Security In the Baltic states, energy security remains perceived as a truly serious issue. It’s seen as a question of survival rather than, as it is in much of the world, merely an exciting topic for after-dinner speeches. Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania depend entirely on Russia for their gas supply and have complicated political relationships with Moscow. Recent numerical indicators of gas-supply security...

  • IISS Voices

    Pierre Noel: Controversy in the pipeline

    18 March 2013.  By Dr Pierre Noel, Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah Senior Fellow for Economic and Energy Security Last week, the presidents of Iran and Pakistan inaugurated the final leg of a controversial pipeline enabling Iran to export gas to energy-hungry Pakistan. The US, which has long opposed the much-delayed project, is warning that if it ‘actually goes forward’ the pipeline could breach the sanctions regime against Iran’s nuclear programme and trigger US sanctions against Pakistan. China’s...

  • IISS Voices

    Pierre Noel: The fallacy of ‘China’s foreign oil production’

    27 February 2013.  By Pierre Noel, Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah Senior Fellow for Economic and Energy Security ‘China is on track to produce enough crude oil outside its borders to rival OPEC members such as Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates,’ a report in the Financial Times suggested last week. The contention was based on the International Energy Agency’s tally of the impact of recent overseas investments by Chinese state-owned oil firms. These have spent...

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.