Author: Dr. Umud Shokri

Dr. Umud Shokri

Dr. Umud Shokri is a Washington-based foreign policy and energy geopolitics expert, author of US Energy Diplomacy in the Caspian Sea Basin: Changing Trends. He serves as a Visiting Research Scholar in the Center for Energy Science and Policy (CESP) and the Schar, School of Policy and Government at George Mason University and Analyst at Gulf State Analytics (GSA). Umud holds a Ph.D. in International Relations. His primary research interest lies in energy diplomacy, energy transition, U.S. energy policy, the geopolitics of energy, Iran-Turkey relations, Iran-Russia relations, Caspian Sea region, Central Asia, and the GCC. He has fifteen years of extensive professional experience in global energy market studies, energy security and geopolitical risk. He has published articles in various academic journals including Energy and Environment, Energy Intelligence, Middle East Policy, National Interest, Oil and Gas Journal, Springer, Palgrave Macmillan Publishing and appeared on the various media outlets, including Aljazeera, Asharq,TRT World, Deutsche Welle, Anews, BBC, and several others. Follow him on Twitter at @ushukrik.

Iraq

Geopolitics and Challenges in Iraq’s Quest for Regional Connectivity

Economy & Innovation

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Iran

Untangling the Motives Behind Iran’s New Energy Agreements

Energy & Environment

Though the country faces a raft of international sanctions and several major geopolitical hurdles, Iran’s...

GCC

Shaping the Future: The 7th GECF Summit and Geopolitical Realities of the G...

Energy & Environment

The 7th Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF) Summit in Algiers marks a crucial moment for...

Iran

Building Bridges: Iranian-Turkish Economic Unity Amidst Security Rifts

Geopolitics

Turkey and Iran, two neighbors with a long and storied shared history, require strong relations...

GCC

Navigating New Horizons: The Gulf’s Dynamic Energy Landscape in 2024

Energy & Environment

The Middle East played a significant role in the global energy market in 2023, navigating...

GCC

Gulf States’ Opportunities in Kazakhstan’s Emerging Economy and...

Economy & Innovation

When U.S. President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping met in San Francisco to...

GCC

Ripple Effects of the Gaza War: Geopolitical Strains and Energy Market Shoc...

Energy & Environment

The ongoing Israel-Gaza war has dramatically increased geopolitical tensions across the Middle East, with far-reaching...

Iran

The U.S.-Iran Prisoner Swap: Unraveling Impacts on Gulf Security and Oil Dy...

U.S. – Gulf Policy

The recently announced prisoner swap between the United States and Iran has spurred debates about...

GCC

Strengthening Energy Security: The GCC-Iraq Electrical Interconnection Proj...

Energy & Environment

As the nations of the Middle East work to diversify their energy sources and lessen...

Iran

Turkmenistan Could be the Solution to Iran’s Natural Gas Shortages

Energy & Environment

The volume of trade between Iran and Turkmenistan is expected to double this year, due...

Iran

The Saudi-Iranian Rapprochement Shapes Azerbaijan’s Balancing Act

Geopolitics

Numerous geopolitical, economic, and security factors have influenced Azerbaijan’s foreign policy decisions throughout the country’s...

Iran

North-South Transport Corridor: Iran-Russia New Railway to Circumvent Weste...

Economy & Innovation

After the United States and the European Union imposed extensive sanctions on Russia in response...

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