Greg Caramenico

Greg Caramenico is a journalist and translator whose professional interests include energy and science policy, Italy, Iran and the Levant. He has a master's degree in history from Vanderbilt University.

Articles written by Greg Caramenico

China's Rare Earth Metals Clampdown Drives New Trade, Mining Ties

By Greg Caramenico
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A series of trade agreements in Central and Southeast Asia, announced over the past month, reveal the ways manufacturers and mining conglomerates are coping with potential shortages two years after China's rare earth consolidation. Nevertheless, difficulties inherent to extraction and processing mean that delays will hamper access to new sources of rare earth supplies even when supported by strong investments.
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As Spain's Construction Sector Recedes, Global Rivals Move In

By Greg Caramenico
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Tighter credit restrictions proposed by Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy could leave Spanish companies without the funds they need to operate, increasing unemployment and damaging international partnerships that rely on Spanish business. These concerns are especially true of Spain’s flagship construction industry, which is already suffering losses from the end of the country’s building boom. more

Azerbaijan-Iran Tensions Resurrect Long-Term Disputes

By Greg Caramenico
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Iran and Azerbaijan have had a volatile diplomatic relationship ever since Azerbaijan gained its independence 20 years ago. But even against the backdrop of their bumpy history, the deterioration in relations over the past few months has been swift. Azerbaijan’s recent moves to strengthen its alliance with Israel have certainly exacerbated tensions with Iran, but they are not the only cause of conflict. more

Nord Stream Price Overruns Cloud Europe's Gas Picture

By Greg Caramenico
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The Nord Stream natural gas pipeline has the potential to deliver much of northern Europe's natural gas requirements. Yet when the first of the project's two planned pipelines was completed in May, it became apparent that Nord Stream's cost was much higher than projected. Though the financial impact will be felt by all of the project's European partners, Germany will be especially vulnerable. 
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Italy-Russia Energy Partnership Deeper Than Berlusconi

By Greg Caramenico
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Critics in Italy and abroad believe the energy partnership between Russia and Italy results as much from Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's personal politics as from economic exigencies, and suspect it may weaken if the scandal-ridden prime minister leaves office. But this view ignores the extensive history of energy cooperation between Russia and Italy, as well as Italy's political ambitions in Southeastern Europe. more