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Vanand Meliksetian

Contributor since: 13 Feb 2018

Vanand Meliksetian

Vanand Meliksetian has extended experience working in the energy sector. His involvement with the fossil fuel industry as well as renewables makes him an allrounder who is not limited to certain topics. Furthermore, Vanand has worked as a management consultant for international energy companies such as Total and Vattenfall where he has gained detailed knowledge of the requirements of the private sector. He has expanded his understanding of the energy sector working for the Dutch government where he worked on the development of the North Sea energy strategy.

Vanand’s articles reflect his personal views and are not connecting to his work. He specializes in geopolitics, innovation, and policy.

Latest articles from Vanand

  • Russia’s High Risk Global Oil Strategy

    Published 01 August 2018 | viewed 21,241 times

    The energy industry is highly sensitive to U.S. sanctions due to the petrodollar being the single most important currency in global trade. Washington is able…

  • The EU, U.S. LNG Deal Won’t Work

    Published 30 July 2018 | viewed 14,809 times

    A visit from Jean-Claude Juncker, the President of the European Commission, to Washington last week resulted in an agreement between two of the biggest economic…

  • Can Iran Circumvent U.S. Sanctions?

    Published 26 July 2018 | viewed 19,452 times

    On August 6th, the first batch of sanctions against the Islamic Republic will go into effect. This includes sanctions on the acquisition of US dollar…

  • Nord Stream 2's Confusing Endgame

    Published 21 July 2018 | viewed 16,371 times

    The summer of 2018 will go into history as the moment when a US president fundamentally and decisively changed the international world order which its…

  • Why Nuclear Energy Is Critical For Russia

    Published 15 July 2018 | viewed 33,350 times

    As the world’s largest natural gas and oil producer and exporter, Russia plays an important role in setting the global geopolitical agenda. The recent agreement…

  • The Broader Implications Of U.S. Sanctions On Iran

    Published 10 July 2018 | viewed 22,581 times

    President Donald Trump’s aversion towards Iran’s rulers has been obvious since his announcement for running for the office of US president. His confrontational policy has…

  • The Netherlands Can’t Afford To Keep Its Natural Gas Promise

    Published 03 July 2018 | viewed 23,492 times

    The Netherlands has been the source of cheap energy for northwest Europe for the past decades. The discovery of the Groningen gas field, the 9th…

  • The Most Important Geopolitical Meeting This Year

    Published 01 July 2018 | viewed 15,284 times

    Relations between the United States and Russia have deteriorated dramatically over the years due to Moscow’s intervention in neighbouring Ukraine and its annexation of Crimea.…

  • China To Become Most Influential Player In Natural Gas Markets

    Published 27 June 2018 | viewed 14,805 times

    The unprecedented economic development of China created serious environmental problems starting in December 1978 after Deng Xiaoping’s ‘opening up policy’. The Asian country transformed from…

  • Is “America First” Hurting Global Energy Relations?

    Published 24 June 2018 | viewed 29,302 times

    Throughout history the strong bond between the United States and Europe, arguably the world’s most important alliance, has been decisive within the international arena. Massive…

  • A Storm Is Brewing In The Southern Gas Corridor

    Published 23 June 2018 | viewed 34,228 times

    No fewer than Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Turkish Cypriot President Mustafa…

  • NAFTA Rift Could Be A Boon For Canadian Oil

    Published 21 June 2018 | viewed 25,278 times

    Looming trade wars have made frequent headlines since the election of U.S. president Donald J. Trump. His view on the U.S.’ position in global trade…

  • Why There Won’t Be An OPEC For Battery Metals

    Published 16 June 2018 | viewed 21,123 times

    Over the past 58 years, major oil-producing states have aligned their interests in the ‘Organization of Oil Producing Countries’. During those years, OPEC has been…

  • New Players Enter The European Gas Game

    Published 10 June 2018 | viewed 24,341 times

    The expansion of the European Union in 2004 and 2007 indirectly led to several crises at a level not seen since the oil embargo of…

  • Russia’s Middle East Strategy Explained

    Published 03 June 2018 | viewed 15,736 times

    Nowhere has Russia’s resurgent power been more on display than in the Middle East, where Moscow has undeniably matched, and some would say, outstripped Washington…

  • The Battle For Energy Dominance In The Mediterranean

    Published 27 May 2018 | viewed 12,363 times

    The Eastern Mediterranean is easily one of the most important and hotly contested regions in the world due to several key factors: the Suez Canal…

  • Can Russia Maintain European Energy Dominance?

    Published 31 March 2018 | viewed 13,894 times

    The ninetieth century was the age of conquest and the ‘Great Game’ between the vast empires of Imperial Russia and the United Kingdom. Before the…

  • Can The Netherlands Stay Ahead In Natural Gas Markets?

    Published 22 March 2018 | viewed 10,660 times

    In 2016 the Dutch gas market achieved a major milestone when the TTF natural gas hub became the benchmark for European gas, taking the lead…

  • The Pros And Cons Of Nord Stream 2

    Published 24 February 2018 | viewed 21,633 times

    There are few issues as divisive in the EU as the planned construction of Nord Stream 2, another direct gas infrastructure connection between Germany and…

  • Blood, Oil And Gas: 7 Years Of Syrian Civil War

    Published 13 February 2018 | viewed 21,797 times

    The Syrian civil war is in its seventh year. The battlefield has changed multiple times together with a number of belligerents. The dynamic political and military…

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