The Great Geopolitical Battle over energy transit routes By Philip H. De Leon, Oilprice.com | November 18, 2009 An extraordinary game of geo-strategy is under way to lock in long-term agreements, notably in the energy sector. China secures gas from Turkmenistan: Who's the real winner? By Philip H. De Leon, Oilprice.com | December 22, 2009 Russia sees Central Asia as its natural backyard, but many countries no longer consider Russia as the most rewarding partner or one that should always have the upper hand. Gazprom: Angel or demon? By Philip H. De Leon, Oilprice.com | January 29, 2010 Seen by some as the symbol of a strong Russia, others see Gazprom as an economic right arm of the Kremlin, imposing its policies by using energy as a weapon. Tension builds in the Gulf of Guinea By Philip H. De Leon, Oilprice.com | April 2, 2010 The strategic framework and the correlation of forces in the Gulf of Guinea -- one of the most significant and growing energy resource regions of the world -- is changing rapidly with profound implictions for numerous markets. The hydropower solution in Central Asia: Yes, but... By Philip H. De Leon, Oilprice.com | April 1, 2010 Rogun, conceived in Soviet days, was planned to generate 3,600 megawatts, but the collapse of the Soviet Union halted the completion of this project. Tajikistan wants to get it online.