John Roberts


Energy Security Specialist, Platts
John M. Roberts is Energy Security Specialist with Platts, the world’s leading independent source of energy information. Platts is part of the McGraw Hill publishing group. His latest study, Pipeline Politics: The Caspian and Global Energy Security, is due to be published in 2010 by the UK’s Royal Institute of International Relations (the US publisher is the Brookings Institution). A frequent commentator on global energy issues on BBC television and radio and an acknowledged expert on Caspian and European pipelines, John M. Roberts has also given testimony to UK parliamentary committees on the Russian and Caspian roles in global energy security and on Persian Gulf security issues.

His recent specialist papers and presentations include: Pipeline Politics: Russian Bypasses and Russia’s Bypasses (London, October 2009); At the Heart of the Triangle: The Ukraine and Energy Security Relations between Russia, the EU and the Caspian, (NATO energy security workshop, Kyiv, October 2009); Turkmenistan Changes Direction (CIS Oil & Gas Conference, Paris, May 2009). The Southern Caucasus Energy Corridor, The French Institute of  International Relations, Paris. (Chapter in forthcoming book); Caspian Gas & Its Role in Security of Supply for Europe (Amsterdam, September 2008); Win-Win or Lose-Lose? The Caspian and European Energy Security (Istanbul, June 2008); Energy Security to 2040 (UK Defence Academy, Shrivenham, May 2008. His books include Caspian Pipelines (1996) and Visions & Mirages: The Middle East in a New Era (1994).

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