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Israel-Turkey thaw: Strategic prospects

Israel-Turkey thaw: Strategic prospects

BEIRUT, Lebanon, March 26 (UPI) -- The rapprochement between Israel and Turkey is expected to have a significant strategic effect on the turbulent region.

U.S. backs EU energy plans

BRUSSELS, April 8 (UPI) -- Washington supports moves by the European Union to ease its dependency on Russian natural resources through energy infrastructure, officials said.

U.S. opposes Iran's gas for Nabucco

ANKARA, Turkey, March 13 (UPI) -- Iran's possible participation in the planned Nabucco natural gas pipeline project for Europe is not welcome, U.S. officials said.

Nabucco outlook bleak, analysts say

WASHINGTON, July 10 (UPI) -- The U.S.-backed Nabucco natural gas pipeline meant to ease European energy dependence on Russia is bordering on impracticality, officials say.

U.S. envoy arrives in Abkhazia

SUKHUMI, Georgia, May 11 (UPI) -- A U.S. envoy arrived Saturday in the breakaway region of Abkhazia in Georgia in an effort to find a peaceful solution to the impasse there.

Analysis: Oil and Gas Pipeline Watch

Iranian gas needed for Nabucco debatable; TransCanada answers questions on Alaska gas pipeline; Israel announces Ashkelon pipeline leak after rocket threat ends; Keystone pipeline gets OK from Washington
BEN LANDO, UPI Energy Editor

Analysis: Oil and Gas Pipeline Watch

Transneft begins Kozmino end to ESPO oil pipeline; Iraq, Turkey, U.S. hold gas pipeline talks; Reliance says East-West pipeline ready in three months; E.ON and Gazprom to use Nord Stream pipeline gas for new power station
BEN LANDO, UPI Energy Editor

Analysis: Iraq-Turkey-U.S. gas talks begin

WASHINGTON, Feb. 29 (UPI) -- The third official energy meeting involving Iraqi, Turkish and U.S. officials began Friday in Istanbul, and though a top State Department official doesn't expect "huge breakthroughs," he hopes to see progress in developing a gas pipeline that will eventually feed Europe's demand after edging out Russia and excluding Iran.
BEN LANDO, UPI Energy Editor

Analysis: Oil and Gas Pipeline Watch

Russian-Serbian deal on South Stream muddies Europe's gas waters; U.S. backs Nabucco for EU, critiques Russia; China-East Asia pipeline construction starts; Six vie for Emirates' Dolphin pipeline
BEN LANDO and KRISHNADEV CALAMUR

U.S. touts alternate supply routes

BAKU, Azerbaijan, Aug. 3 (UPI) -- Azerbaijan remains the most favorable route for the export of Turkmen gas, a U.S. State Department official said.
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Matthew James Bryza (born February 16, 1964) is a United States diplomat. Currently serves as the United States Ambassador to Azerbaijan.

Originally from Illinois, he was the son of Kenneth J. Bryza (died February 2008). Matthew Bryza graduated from Stanford University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in International relations and obtained his Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy of Tufts University in 1988.

He joined the United States Foreign Service in August 1988. He then served in Poland in 1989-1991 at the U.S. Consulate in Poznań and the U.S. Embassy in Warsaw, where he covered the Solidarity movement, reform of Poland’s security services, and regional politics. From 1991 through 1995, he worked on European and Russian affairs at the State Department. Bryza served at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow during 1995-1997, first as special assistant to Ambassador Thomas R. Pickering and then as a political officer covering the Russian Duma, Communist Party of the Russian Federation, and the Republic of Dagestan in the North Caucasus. He was recalled from Moscow after he allegedly hit a pedestrian in August 1997. From 1997 through 1998, Bryza was special advisor to Ambassador Richard Morningstar, coordinating U.S. Government assistance programs on economic reforms in Caucasus and Central Asia. Starting from July, 1998 he served as the Deputy Special Advisor to the President and Secretary of State on Caspian Basin Energy Diplomacy, coordinating the U.S. Government’s inter-agency efforts to develop a network of oil and gas pipelines in the Caspian region. In April 2001, Bryza joined the United States National Security Council as Director for Europe and Eurasia, with responsibility for coordinating U.S. policy on Turkey, Greece, Cyprus, the Caucasus, Central Asia, and Caspian energy. In June 2005, he assumed duties of Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs. He was responsible for policy oversight and management of relations with countries in the Caucasus and Southern Europe. He also led U.S. efforts to advance peaceful settlements of separatist conflicts of Nagorno-Karabakh, Abkhazia and South Ossetia. Additionally, he coordinated U.S. energy policy in the regions surrounding the Black and Caspian Seas and worked with European countries on issues of tolerance, social integration, and Islam.

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