go to top
Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades at a summit in Athens, Dec. 9, 2015 (AP photo by Thanassis Stavrakis).

Gas Finds in Egypt, Israel and Cyprus Redraw the Mediterranean Energy Map

Friday, Sept. 16, 2016

In recent years, Egypt, Israel and Cyprus have all discovered huge natural gas fields off their coasts, raising export potential and perhaps the prospects for better political ties in the region through new energy partnerships. At least this is the scenario that the United States is hoping for. Last month, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s envoy on energy affairs, Amos Hochstein, told Bloomberg that “we’re just beginning to open the spigots of what is the potential for the broader region.”

That is already evident in the improved ties between Israel and Turkey after their June rapprochement, motivated by gas diplomacy. And there is even the possibility of detente between Ankara and Cyprus, since any potential new gas pipeline from Israel to Turkey would need to travel through the island, the north of which has been occupied by Turkey since 1974. Washington, according to Bloomberg, is bullish on the eastern Mediterranean for another reason. “Even as the region struggles with regulatory uncertainty and an abundance of geopolitical risks, the U.S. is seeking to turn it into another corridor for gas supplies to Europe, which is trying to diversify its sources away from Russia.” ...

To read more,

enter your email address then choose one of the three options below.

Subscribe to World Politics Review and you'll receive instant access to 10,000+ articles in the World Politics Review Library, along with new comprehensive analysis every weekday . . . written by leading topic experts.