Author: Joshua Bartlett

Dispatch from Berlin

It wasn’t an easy decision to spend my fall semester away from the LBJ School. My taste buds lamented the great barbecue I would be missing. And missing out on a whole season of Texas football seemed sacrilege (at least it did before they actually started playing). But I felt that one of the few places in the world that could rival Austin was Berlin, and there just so happens to be a world-class policy school there. I’ve traded tailgating for Oktoberfest, and Franklin barbecue for Turkish kebabs. The diversity of the Hertie School of Governance was the first...

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The True Cypriot Honest Broker

In 1974, Cyprus was split into an internationally recognized Greek Cypriot south and the breakaway Turkish Cypriot north. Turkey invaded Cyprus after supporters of unification with Greece organized a coup. Turkish Cypriots declared independence in 1983, but are only recognized by Turkey, which maintains 35,000 troops there. For the first time in a generation there is a fresh opportunity for Cypriot reunification. Past mediation by the United Nations, European Union and the United States has only perpetuated a stalemate on the island. There is hope, however, as a new party is taking a crack at the unsolvable. Who is this newcomer? Natural gas. As opposed to the well-intentioned brokers of this conflict, natural gas speaks in terms of cold, hard economics. Cypriot energy officials estimate the island’s reserves to be 1.7 trillion cubic meters of natural gas, and it needs an export market. Europe is far away, and the cost to transport would be high. Greece’s economy is in the doldrums, and demand for new sources of gas is low. The Arab world is politically unstable, and there is little economic development going on. That leaves one clear possibility: Turkey. Turkey’s economy grew at an impressive average of 6.8% over the last 10 years,[1] and it has never been thirstier for gas. Having no hydrocarbon resources of its own, Turkey is dependent on exports from the Caucasus and Central...

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