Technological innovations and advanced reactor designs that ensure enhanced safety, efficiency, and versatility are central to nuclear energy’s future. Breakthrough technologies, including advanced fuel cycles, thorium-based reactors, and small- and medium-modular reactors (SMRs), are gaining momentum and investment due to their cost-effectiveness, reduced waste generation, and flexible deployment. Continue reading here.
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Breaking Free: The Nuclear Fuel Alliance Strikes Back At Russian Control
Moscow’s dominant position in the nuclear supply chain grants Russia influence over the nuclear renaissance in the West, vital for the transition to low-carbon energy generation and helps fund its war machine in Ukraine. To redress these challenges, last month the United States, France, Japan, Canada, and the United Kingdom formed the Nuclear Fuel Alliance (NFA) to
War in Ukraine is creating new Silk Road corridor
In the year after Russia’s 2022 reinvasion of Ukraine, freight volume more than doubled on the Middle Corridor, a transportation network connecting Asia with Europe via rail, boat and highway. In March, Secretary of State Antony Blinken unveiled a new U.S. approach to Central Asia that stressed the facilitation of the Middle Corridor, which bypasses Russia. This route
The Global Take | Biden’s Trip to Asia- QUAD Summit | Bloomberg Radio
Dr. Ariel Cohen in his interview with Bloomberg Radio analyzed President Biden’s trip to Asia and the reasons for its sudden cancellation, China’s intensifying engagement in Central Asia and US policy to counter China in the Indo-Pacific. Watch here.
The Global Take | Kazakhstan’s Political and Economic Reform| New Lines Institute Event
Dr. Ariel Cohen participated in a panel discussion organized by the New Lines Institute and the International Tax and Investment Center on the strategic implications of Kazakhstan’s political and economic reforms and what Washington needs to learn from Kazakhstan’s pro-reform agenda to increase engagement with the country and other Central Asian states. Watch the video
Top Six Transformative New Green Energy Companies
While newcomers abound, only a few are capable of being truly #transformative. These small companies are already producing technologies that could revolutionize #renewable #energy and induce fundamental transformations in international #geopolitics and #geoeconomics. Continue reading here.
The Global Take | Is a default in USA possible? | Spotlight Ukraine
The United States of America has been borrowing more money than it has been earning for decades. This has led to concerns about the country’s ability to repay its debts and the possibility of default. In the case of the United States, default would have serious economic consequences both domestically and internationally. To shed more
Putin’s ‘Gambler’ Mentality is a Wild Card in Global Energy Markets
The Cipher Brief recently spoke with Ariel Cohen, director of the Energy Growth and Security Program at the International Tax and Investment Center, about the spillover of the war into a global energy crisis and what that means for 2023, when Cohen says we may experience “the toughest circumstance in Europe probably since World War II.” Read more
Chile’s Nationalization Of Lithium : “Green Protectionism” Endangering Energy Transition
The nationalization of industry isn’t the only thing Boric promised. According to Boric’s plan, the new, state-owned company is more than simply the long arm of the government collecting profit from a natural resource. It bets on an emerging technology called the Direct Lithium Extraction process (DLE). While DLE performed well in controlled environments, it is still
Where In The World Are Putin’s Billionaire Cronies?
While Putin may no longer see the utility in showing unity with Russia’s business elite, going from “unshakable unity” in March 2022 to imploring “patriotism over profit” in March 2023, this does not mean they are unimportant. After being banned from traveling to most Western nations, these oligarchs lost 97 billion dollars and counting. Sanctions deeply hurt the