Energy Security

Where does energy fit in the new military clashes with Armenia?

An analytical commentary by Robert M. Cutler, Director of the Energy Security Program, titled “Where does energy fit in the new military clashes with Armenia?“, was published on 28 July 2020 by the independent News.Az Online News Agency

As is well known by now, in mid-July new military hostilities erupted between Azerbaijan and Armenia. They erupted nowhere near Nagorno-Karabakh or the line of contact between the two sides, but rather in Tovuz district, northwest Azerbaijan, not far from Ganja, the country’s second largest city.The broader region is a 100-kilometer wide salient bordered by Russia in the northeast and by occupied Nagorno-Karabakh in the southwest. It has recently acquired the name “Ganja corridor”, or sometimes “Ganja gap”, because the valley where Ganja city is situated is a crucial pathway for the entire infrastructure that transmits Caspian Sea energy resources to Europe and the West. …

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Robert M. Cutler
Robert M. Cutler earned his doctorate at The University of Michigan after receiving two Bachelor's degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. After over a dozen years in leading universities in Canada, France, Russia, Switzerland and the United States, he expanded into policy analysis and consulting as an Energy Security and Geo-economics Specialist. He has over 20 years' experience in international energy diplomacy: advising energy firms, governments, international institutions and NGOs; framing policy and research issues and leading teams to address them, and producing briefings and analytical bulletins. He has published scores of refereed academic articles, policy articles and book chapters. He is Fellow, Canadian Energy Research Institute; Fellow, Canadian Global Affairs Institute; and Practitioner Member, Waterloo Institute for Complexity and Innovation, University of Waterloo. He is fluent in English, French and Russian. He can be reached at and tweets from @RobertMCutler.