As Cyprus ramps up its own energy exploration, and hopes prevail of an Israel-Turkey pipeline, there is growing optimism that natural gas will help finally unify the divided island.
Keith Johnson is a senior reporter covering energy geopolitics for Foreign Policy. Previously, Johnson worked for more than a decade at the Wall Street Journal and was based in both Washington, D.C., and Europe. From 2007 to 2010, he contributed to Environmental Capital, a blog for the Journal that focused on energy developments and sustainability.
In a victory for the Philippines, an international tribunal ruled China’s expansive claims in the South China Sea are illegal, setting the stage for more tension in one of the world’s flashpoints.
Middle Eastern chaos helped heal a six-year rift between Turkey and Israel. But Israel’s big reserves of natural gas could fuel much closer ties in years to come.
New Delhi said it will formally join the Paris climate agreement this year, a potentially big step to curbing harmful global temperature increases.
China’s aggressive moves in a disputed waterway have sparked tensions with the United States. Some of Washington’s closest European allies are now entering the fray.
An international tribunal’s decision will reorder the tense chess game over the South China Sea — and test Washington’s commitment to the Philippines.