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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

  • Is The Era Of U.S. Energy Dominance Already Over?

    Published 31 October 2019 | viewed 29,771 times

    The global oil industry is a highly lucrative sector that is strongly influenced by geopolitical developments. As the Post-Cold War era comes to an end,…

  • A Tiny Island With Huge Energy Ambitions

    Published 24 October 2019 | viewed 15,528 times

    Cyprus is one of the most energy-deprived countries in the world when it comes to fossil fuels. Despite the discovery of significant natural gas reserves,…

  • Oil, Military And Nuclear Tech: Russia’s Influence In Africa

    Published 17 October 2019 | viewed 13,311 times

    Virtually all great powers have set their eyes on Africa as the continent’s global importance grows. Its population is set to double by 2050 and…

  • Against All Odds: Iraq And Turkey Aim To Rebuild Oil Relations

    Published 14 October 2019 | viewed 10,454 times

    The Middle East is the world’s most dynamic and important energy market. Geopolitical interests, economics, and security concerns are continuously influencing the parameters according to…

  • Russia Scrambles To Save Energy Industry From Climate Change

    Published 09 October 2019 | viewed 19,752 times

    Late senator John McCain once said that “Russia is a gas station masquerading as a country.” There was some truth in his statement after the…

  • This High-Profile Gas Deal Upends Regional Geopolitics

    Published 30 September 2019 | viewed 8,248 times

    The discovery of major energy deposits in the Eastern Mediterranean has raised the region's importance to consumers in primarily Europe. The promise of wealth and…

  • Vietnam Tests China’s Patience In The South China Sea

    Published 28 September 2019 | viewed 21,093 times

    The Chinese Communist Party is well aware of the challenges its rise poses to the established order and primarily the United States. Beijing has, therefore,…

  • Can Europe Do Anything Against Gazprom’s Push For Market Share?

    Published 21 September 2019 | viewed 15,108 times

    The European Union’s strength is its ability to shield its economy from the outside world and pursue integration between member states. Cooperation within the bloc…

  • Natural Gas Could Be Replaced Within 15 Years

    Published 18 September 2019 | viewed 94,634 times

    Technological improvements in hydraulic fracking are making ‘America Great Again’ when it comes to its energy sector. Unconventional oil and gas reserves, which previously were…

  • China’s Big 3 Struggle To Ramp Up Oil Production

    Published 11 September 2019 | viewed 11,807 times

    China's unprecedented economic development and the massive increase in energy imports have made it an important destination for some of the world’s largest energy exporters.…

  • Superpowers Are Vying For Power In This New Oil & Gas Frontier

    Published 29 August 2019 | viewed 26,006 times

    The Eastern Mediterranean has become a hotbed for tensions between regional and great powers due to the discovery of major energy deposits. The littoral states…

  • Will Boris Johnson Back Fracking In The UK?

    Published 25 August 2019 | viewed 9,488 times

    The North Sea area has for decades been a source of wealth and provided energy security for many Northern European countries. However, its relatively small…

  • China’s Very Ambitious Transportation Revolution

    Published 22 August 2019 | viewed 12,438 times

    The proverb goes that when China coughs, the world catches the flu. The unprecedented economic development of the world's most populous country has led to…

  • Saudi Arabia And Russia Unlikely To Agree On New Oil Cuts

    Published 14 August 2019 | viewed 24,034 times

    OPEC is dead, long live OPEC+. Arguably the collaboration between the world's two largest exporters of oil, Russia and Saudi Arabia, is a significant development…

  • Germany’s Big Bet On Hydrogen

    Published 11 August 2019 | viewed 64,742 times

    Germany is going through a remarkable transformation from a fossil fuel-based economy towards a sustainable energy infrastructure dominated by wind and solar power. Although the…

  • An Unusual Development In Natural Gas Markets

    Published 27 July 2019 | viewed 46,213 times

    Despite the growing importance of environmentalism and the public scrutiny concerning the fossil fuel industry, natural gas has maintained its importance in the global energy…

  • Turkey Pushes Regional Tensions To Breaking Point

    Published 24 July 2019 | viewed 10,616 times

    Turkey’s geography has been a blessing to the country's strategic value. After the Second World War, the U.S. moved quickly to include Ankara in the…

  • Coal’s Long Goodbye

    Published 13 July 2019 | viewed 31,315 times

    King Coal’s reign has been long and relentless. The world’s most important source of energy was essential during the industrial revolution for the modernization of…

  • Is This The Last Bottleneck For Nord Stream 2?

    Published 06 July 2019 | viewed 18,816 times

    Large energy projects tend to be controversial due to environmental and political reasons. Nord Stream 2 (NS2) is not an exception as it is, arguably,…

  • Caught In The Middle: Iraq’s Struggle For Energy Independence

    Published 02 July 2019 | viewed 6,100 times

    The U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003 completely altered the geopolitical landscape of the Middle East. After Saddam’s forces were defeated, a violent insurgency led…

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