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.

Iran

Why Iran Opposes Azerbaijan’s Zangezur Corridor Project

Geopolitics

The Second Nagorno-Karabakh War, fought from September to November 2020, ended with a significant victory...

GCC

The United States Cannot Influence Global Oil Markets

Energy Policy

Even before U.S. President Joe Biden visited Jeddah in mid-July, Saudi Arabia and the UAE...

Iran

Iran’s Energy Sector Needs Sanctions Relief and Foreign Investment

Energy Policy

The Russian invasion of Ukraine, and the subsequent energy crisis it unleashed, have highlighted the...

Iran

Iran Cannot Develop its Oil Sector Without Sanctions Relief

Energy Policy

Thanks to a combination of Western animosity and Iran’s regional foreign policy, the country’s energy...

Kuwait

How the Arash-Dorra Gas Field Could Improve Saudi-Iran Ties

Energy Policy

Over the past two decades, Iran’s Ministry of Oil had made increasing the production capacity...

GCC

Why Gulf States Can (or Cannot) Replace Russian Oil and Gas

Energy Policy

Energy flows—imports and exports—constitute a major element of foreign policy for some nations, as well...

KSA

Iran’s Petrochemical Development: A Challenge to Saudi Arabia?

Energy Policy

In recent years, the export of petrochemical products from Iran has made up the largest...

Qatar

Exploring Alternatives to Russian Natural Gas, Europe Looks to the Gulf

U.S. – Gulf Policy

The ongoing tensions in Europe between Russia and Ukraine have contributed to an ongoing energy...

Iran

Iran’s Combative Diplomacy Continues in Vienna

U.S. – Gulf Policy

After the withdrawal of the United States from the 2015 “Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action,”...

Iran

Resolving Iran’s Water Crisis is Needed for Stability

Politics & Governance

Water scarcity is a growing problem across the Middle East. It has grown in importance...

UAE

Emirati-Turkish Economic Collaboration Could Lead to a Political One

Economy & Innovation

In recent years, tensions between Turkey and the UAE have persisted over issues including the...

KSA

The Uncertain Future of U.S.-Saudi Energy Relations

U.S. – Gulf Policy

The stability of global energy markets has long been a major factor in U.S. relations...

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