Dr. Robert M. Cutler (rmc@alum.mit.edu) is a member of the Institute of European, Russian and Eurasian Studies, Carleton University. Educated at MIT, the University of Geneva and University of Michigan, he has held research and teaching appointments at major universities in Canada, France, Switzerland, Russia and the United States. He is also Lead Analyst with wikistrat.com, a crowdsourced geopolitical consultancy. Contact him at http://www.robertcutler.org.

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Azerbaijan and Russia deepen relations

Last month Azerbaijan cancelled the long-planned visit of a European Commission delegation to discuss an agreement on strategic partnership after the European Parliament passed a motion criticizing Baku's human rights record. That agreement would have …

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Azerbaijan in the age of low energy prices

In November 2012, Rovnag Abdullaev, president of the State Oil Company of the Azerbaijani Republic (SOCAR), told an Atlantic Council summit that Azerbaijani gas exports would reach at least 40-50 billion cubic metres per year (bcm/y) …

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Azerbaijan in the Centre of the Crucible

Azerbaijan has drawn special attention from regional and international powers ever since oil was discovered there in the nineteenth century. One of the reasons Hitler diverted part of his forces from his march on Moscow …

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Is the Russian economy unsustainable?

It is in serious trouble, but is the Russian economy unsustainable? Western sanctions have restricted Russian companies' access to international financial markets, but it is the state's policies and priorities that are tanking its economic …

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Kazakhstan oil production in the world market today

Who buys Kazakhstan's oil production today? Question:  How might the falling oil prices affect Kazakhstan's ability to develop and deliver oil to other countries, especially Europe? Answer:  The Italian company ENI been major player in the Kazakhstan's …

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Russia and the West today

Should the West re-engage Russia in the event that the Kremlin seeks a detente, given the low world oil price and the bite of sanctions? In one view, another "reset" would be easy, but in …

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Turkey and Caspian Sea gas

With Russia politically weakened by the Ukraine imbroglio and the European Union more intent than ever finally to establish its autonomy in energy policy, Turkmenistan has opened up again the possibility for exporting its gas …

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Turkey, Iran, and Southwest Asian Energy

Davutoglu was accompanied by his energy minister as well as ministers of communications, development, economy, trade, and transport. It is indeed difficult to see whether the trip accomplished very much at all. In the background was …

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Ukraine and the EU's Eastern Partnership

The EU's Eastern Partnership Ukraine policy fails to recognize the fact of a conflict situation in Ukraine. This failure exacerbates the deleterious results of the EU's failure to define its goals there, as well as …

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