Russia-Turkey Deal And Geopolitics Of Gas – Analysis – Eurasia Review

Location of the Eastern Mediterranean

Location of the Eastern Mediterranean (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is an outstanding, must-read, article on the geopolitics of offshore gas in the Eastern Mediterranean. Check it out!

via Russia-Turkey Deal And Geopolitics Of Gas – Analysis – Eurasia Review.

The article defines the Eastern Mediterranean as follows:

the east Mediterranean region includes Cyprus, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and Palestine, with Greece and Turkey to the north and Egypt to the south.

From a geopolitical perspective, it’s important to add both the US and Russia as pivotal players in the eastern Mediterranean energy race. Sadly, the European Commission, representing the European Council, seems to be an ‘also ran’. Last year, this blog highlighted how the European Commission was massively pre-occupied with green issues, yet there was no effective energy strategy for Europe.

Living in Cyprus, I have seen, first-hand, Israeli/Cyprus military exercises. I am a keen follower of the developing news and analysis on the energy sector in the Eastern Mediterranean, so keep an eye on this blog.


Opinion – GOP to pressure Obama on foreign policy | TheHill – John Gelmini

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan an...

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and President Barack Obama in the Oval Office, Dec. 7, 2009. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It is as Dr Alf says, a good thing that the GOP can apply pressure to Obama on foreign policy.

Iran is both a threat to the strategic balance in the Middle East and, for the time being, necessary as a tool to deal with the even bigger threats to that balance posed by Wahibis, backed by Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Kuwait and by the slippery Erdogan in Turkey, our supposed ally.

Iran is containable because the majority of woman there, and the young want, a more moderate Western lifestyle, not a life building smuggling tunnels and firing rockets into Israel.The best way to do that is to create a mood for change in Iran, which sees the Ayatollahs marginalized and a new secular leader brought into power.

I always thought it a mistake to remove the Shah of Iran and bring the original Ayatollah back from exile in France.

Natanz and the centifruge sites, where Iran is supposedly building nuclear weapons, is 200 feet underground in a mountain and only Russia and America allegedly have thermobaric weapons, capable of penetrating that far down. Israel probably could not succeed on her own with a direct attack, and for now Iran can help act as some of the boots on the ground to attack and eliminate ISIS.

After ISIS is eradicated, there’s a need to reorder the Middle East chessboard and press to put in a secular leader into Turkey.

John Gelmini