Mr. John Roberts
Energy Security Specialist, Methinks Ltd , UK /
Member of United Nations Economic Commission for Europe Group of Experts on Gas
Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council, Washington DC.
John Roberts is one of Europe’s leading energy security specialists. He has testified to UK parliamentary committees on Russian, Caspian, Turkish, Kurdish and Mideast energy security issues.
A Senior Partner with Methinks Ltd, he also a member of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe Group of Experts on Gas and Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council of the US. He was previously a Managing Editor with Platts and Financial Times Energy. He has regularly toured the Gulf, the Caspian and the Eastern Mediterranean, as well as visiting the Alaskan North Slope, the Athabasca Oil Sands, China, Norway and Venezuela.
He is currently researching European energy security issues, including the contribution of natural gas to a global renewables-led energy revolution; the energy security implications of gas discoveries in the Eastern Mediterranean; the role of Turkey in European energy security; Russian gas deliveries to Europe; and the development of new supply pipelines and interconnectors within Europe.
He is the author of Energy in the Eastern Mediterranean: Promise or Peril? In the Atlantic Council’s A Eurasian Energy Primer: The Transatlantic Perspective (2013) and the co-author of both Hydrocarbon Development in the Eastern Mediterranean: The Case for Pragmatism (Atlantic Counci, 2016) and of a forthcoming new report on Gas in the Eastern Mediterranean to be published by the Atlantic Council in May 2018.
His other work for the Atlantic Council includes reports 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. 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).
Other recent papers and presentations include: Iranian Gas Export Prospects and Energy Security (FLAME, Amsterdam, May 2017) and Russia’s Gas Challenge: The Consequences for China, Central Asia, Europe & the USA, Oxford, January 2016.His books include: Caspian Pipelines (1996), Visions & Mirages: The Middle East in a New Era (1995) and Beyrouth: L’Été ’82 (Beirut, Summer of ’82) (1983). He is also the author of the section on the Lebanese Economy in Lebanon: A Country Study, Library of Congress. Federal Research Division (Ed. Thomas Collelo), 1987.
Private consultancy work has included investigation of investment conditions in Abu Dhabi and Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 programme, as well as work for the World Bank and other multinational institutions. He is currently preparing a study on the Russia-China-Turkmenistan gas triangle.