Saltanat Berdikeeva

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Saltanat Berdikeeva is an energy consultant based in Washington, D.C. A native of Kyrgyzstan, Ms. Berdikeeva received her master's degree in security studies at Georgetown University, Washington DC. She previously worked as a researcher and analyst at the Energy Policy Research Foundation, SOS International, RiskMetrics Group, Center for Strategic and International Studies, and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Ms. Berdikeeva has extensively published on energy and security issues in Eurasia and the U.S. Her work appeared in Oil and Gas Journal, European Energy Review, Jane's, Insight Turkey, ISN, China and Eurasia Forum Quarterly, and Journal of International Peace Operation.

Comments Off on Regional Skirmishes Could Complicate China’s Deepening Ties to Central Asia

In an effort to cut dependence on coal and to reduce pollution, Chinese authorities have been encouraging use of more natural gas. China relies overwhelmingly on countries in Central Asia to procure that gas. But as China deepens its energy ties with Central Asia, it may face a predicament that it has not faced yet:…

Comments Off on Iraq’s Unity at a Breaking Point over Oil Export Disputes

The escalating tension between Iraq’s semi-autonomous northern Kurdish region and the central government in Baghdad is reaching a critical point. The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), in defying Baghdad’s authority over oil drilling and exports from the Kurdish region, has been challenging the central government’s authority and legitimacy since 2007. The completion last December of an…

Comments Off on In Tumultuous Egypt, Fuel Subsidy Reform Is Inevitable

Egypt remains mired in crisis since the military-backed ouster of President Mohammed Mursi July 3. The ongoing political instability will further delay attempts to address one of the country’s thorniest economic issues: long-standing fuel subsidies that account for a fifth of state spending, a reported $17.4 billion over the past year. Those subsidies played a…

Comments Off on No Water, No Gain for Iraq’s Oil Development

Iraq vaulted to second place this year among the largest oil producers in the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), and is poised to ramp up its already robust output even further. But the country’s severe water scarcity could be the Achilles’ heel of its oil production. According to the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) new…

Iraq’s oil production reached 3.2 million barrels per day (mbpd) this past August – nearly 1 mbpd more than it was a year ago. That growth is set to continue: Iraq, home to the world’s fourth largest proven petroleum reserves, plans to ramp up production to 10 mbpd in six years. Given that 95 percent…

Comments Off on In Libya, One Region’s Stability Is Key to Oil Supply

After a steep decline in oil production during the uprising that ended with the fall of Muammar Qaddafi’s long-standing regime at this time last year, Libya has restored its output to near pre-war levels. Now, it must address political conflicts that threaten this recovery, particularly in the eastern Cyrenaica region (map), which is home to…

Comments Off on A Cold War Over Resources in Central Asia

Earlier this year, a U.S. intelligence report predicted that as water shortages become more acute, “water in shared basins will increasingly be used as leverage” over the next 10 years and beyond.  This prediction is already being borne out in places such as Uzbekistan and Tajikistan (map), where long-standing distrust between the two nations has…