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IAI Seminar on 'Azerbaijan's Energy Diplomacy and Western Competition over Caspian Gas'






2 November 2011
Palazzo de Carolis (Sala della Minerva), Via Lata 3, Rome

We are pleased to announce that the Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) is organising a seminar on  ' Azerbaijan's Energy Diplomacy and Western Competition over Caspian Gas'.

The event will take place on November 2th, 2011 (4:00 pm - 7:00 pm),  in Rome and will be kindly hosted by UniCredit Group at Palazzo de Carolis (Sala della Minerva), Via Lata 3.

The seminar will address the implications and challenges for Western efforts to diversify energy supplies and, in particular, the perceptions and prospects of the Nabucco, South Stream, ITGI, and TAP pipelines. What are the prospects for the construction of the Trans-Caspian pipeline to be linked to Nabucco? The Nabucco pipeline consortium has postponed its investment decision by another year. What are the reasons behind this decision? How far is this decision linked to Gazprom's counter-proposal on South Stream? Are the planned pipelines competing projects or have they been turned as such by the geopolitical interests of external actors? What is the balance between geopolitical and commercial rationales underpinning these western projects? Furthermore Russia declared its readiness to purchase the whole volume of the Shah Deniz II field. Will Azerbaijan opt for the Russian or Western option to diversify its gas exports?

This initiative is a part of IAI's research programme 'Italy, the EU and the South Caucasus' that will be followed by another seminar and one final conference. The first roundtable on the future mediation of the Nagorno Karabakkh conflict was held in July 2011.

We would be very pleased if you would accept to attend this event   > AGENDA (link)

English will be the working language and no translation will be provided.

We are asking you to kindly return your reply sheet (link) by October 17th to the attention of Ms. Nathalie Champion: Questo indirizzo e-mail è protetto dallo spam bot. Abilita Javascript per vederlo.   Access will be permitted only to those people who will confirm their participation in the time requested.

Nathalie Tocci
Deputy Director

Nathalie Champion
Istituto Affari Internazionali
Via Angelo Brunetti, 9
00186 Roma


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