Articles by Joe Parson



China's Big Bargaining Chip Against Gazprom

When President Vladimir Putin arrives in China on Tuesday, he will be in a hard bargaining position, given ongoing tension on Russia's western front.

Why Russia Has Its Eyes On Ukraine's Coal Basin

With increased tensions in eastern Ukraine, home of the coal basin in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, the energy future of the country seems as bleak as ever.

KievТs Energy Security Threatened by Moscow

RussiaТs annexation of Crimea raises important questions concerning the control of oil and gas resources in the Black and Azov Seas.

Balancing Development And the Environment

The recent Davos Forum experts have recommended that Russia's economic growth be focused outside of Moscow, with a particular emphasis on not only those regions already given federal incentives but the Arctic as well. Concurrently, the United Nation's International Maritime Organization is finalizing a new draft of the "Polar Code." This code seeks to regulate the shipping sector to enhance personnel safety and ecological protection.

Why Gazprom Likes to Thumb Its Nose at Kiev

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych and President Vladimir Putin continue to humiliate political pundits.

Gazprom Looking to Expand Further East

Gazprom's investment program is about 15 percent higher than usual, but more significantly, it has been streamlined.

Central Asia's Path to Energy Independence

In the past weeks, we have seen recent developments for international oil companies in Central Asia with two major oil and gas projects.