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Energy Security Specialist, Methinks Ltd;

Member, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe Group of Experts on Gas; Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council, Washington DC. 

John M. Roberts is a senior partner with Methinks Ltd, a consultancy specializing in the inter-relationship between energy, economic development, and politics. He is also a member of the UN Economic Commission for Europe’s (UNECE) Group of Experts on Gas and a Senior Fellow with the Global Energy Centre, Atlantic Council, Washington DC.

He is currently researching European energy security issues, including the contribution of natural gas to a global renewables-led energy revolution; the role of Turkey in European energy security; Russian gas deliveries to Europe; the development of new supply pipelines and interconnectors within Europe; and the energy security implications of gas discoveries in the Eastern Mediterranean.

Roberts is a respected energy analyst who has testified to UK parliamentary committees on Middle Eastern, Russian, Caspian, Turkish and Kurdish energy security issues. He has lectured widely on a variety of subjects, including the development of Arctic oil and gas, the impact of social and political unrest in the Middle East and boundary disputes in the Caspian Sea. In September 2015 he delivered the Inaugural lecture, What is Energy Security? at the NATO Training School’s Energy Security Course in Oberammergau, Germany.

His recent papers include Democracy in Turkey: Implications for Regional Energy Security (JNU, Delhi, March 2017); Olive trees hold up Southern Gas Corridor (Platts Energy Economist, April 2017); and Iranian Gas Export Prospects and Energy Security (FLAME, Amsterdam, May 2017).

Roberts has recently completed studies for the Atlantic Council on oil and gas in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, on gas interconnectors in Europe, and on the development of Russia’s Turkish Stream pipeline and its impact on the development of the Southern Gas Corridor to connect the Caspian to Europe.

Private consultancy work has included investigation of investment conditions in Abu Dhabi and Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 programme. He is currently preparing a study on the Russia-China-Turkmenistan gas triangle.

Recent contributions to collated studies include: Regional Energy Cooperation along Europe’s Southern Energy Corridor. Chapter 12 in The South Caucasus: Security, Energy and Europeanization, Eds. Meliha B. Altunisik and Oktay F. Tanrisever. Routledge, January 2018. The Southern Gas Corridor, Chapter 14 in The European Gas Markets: Challenges and Opportunities. Eds: Manfred Hafner and Simone Tagliapietra. Palgrave Macmillan, November 2017.

His books include Caspian Pipelines (1996) and Visions & Mirages: The Middle East in a New Era (1995).