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  • Shebonti Ray Dadwal

    Senior Fellow
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    The Challenges of Energy Connectivity
    West Asian Turmoil and the Future of the Regional Gas Sector: Implications for India

    Shebonti Ray Dadwal is a Senior Fellow with the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA) where she heads the Non-Traditional Security Centre. Prior to joining IDSA, she served as Deputy Secretary at the National Security Council Secretariat, and was also Senior Editor with The Financial Express.

    Her research focus is on Energy Security. She has several peer-reviewed articles and papers focusing on Energy Security, including a monograph on The Geopolitics of America’s Energy Independence: Implications for China, India and the Global Energy Market, and a book Rethinking Energy Security in India (2002). Her second book The Geopolitics of Gas: Common problems, Disparate Strategies is ready for publication. She has also co-edited a book Non-Traditional Security Challenges in Asia: Approaches and Responses, published by Routledge in 2015, and co-authored the IDSA Report on Security Implications of Climate Change for India (2009).

    She is a member of the CSCAP Study Group on Energy Security as well as member of the Core Group on Myanmar of the MEA’s Indian Council of World Affairs (ICWA). In April 2009, she was awarded a Chevening Fellowship by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office of the UK on completion of a course in Economics of Energy at the Institute for Energy Research and Policy, University of Birmingham, UK. She is also a member of the Editorial Board of IDSA’s flagship journal Strategic Analysis.

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    • China’s launch of a yuan-denominated oil futures exchange will provide it with the opportunity to create an Asian crude oil benchmark and give it more clout in crude pricing and for promoting the yuan as a truly global currency.

      February 22, 2018
      IDSA Comments
    • India should invest in creating a competitive solar module sector across the manufacturing chain, from procuring primary resources to the finished product.

      November 22, 2017
      IDSA Comments
    • In May 2017, some 1,200 delegates from 110 countries, including 29 visiting heads of state and government leaders, gathered in Beijing for China’s biggest diplomatic event, which was held to showcase the Belt and Road Initiative’s (BRI) achievements to date, as well as draft some new ideas. The forum also formalised the US$50 billion China–Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a flagship project of the BRI, projecting it as a game-changer for Pakistan’s economy.

      Strategic Analysis
    • India’s record in wind energy development is good. But the existing technology is fast becoming outdated. Evolving technologies like kite wind should therefore be considered.

      June 09, 2017
      IDSA Comments
      • Publisher: Pentagon Press

      This volume looks at the evolving gas market and the various players who influence it -- both as producers and consumers. However, some of the players, such as Australia and the new African producers, as well as Japan and South Korea, the two largest LNG consumers, have not been included as their approach tends to be more commercial than geopolitical in nature.

      • ISBN 978-81-8274-900-9,
      • Price: ₹. 995
      • E-copy available
    • Given that over 70 per cent of the world's energy consumption comes under the IEA umbrella, the association with the agency will substantially increase India’s relevance in global energy governance.

      April 19, 2017
      IDSA Comments
    • Although President-elect Trump has declared his intention to deregulate the fossil fuel sector in order to make America less energy import dependent, but over time, this will lead to an increase in supplies in an already over-supplied oil (and gas) market and send prices into a further downward spiral.

      December 05, 2016
      IDSA Comments
    • Senior Fellow, IDSA, Ms Shebonti Ray Dadwal’s article on energy security, titled ‘India's quest for energy security: From buyer to market influencer’ was published in South Asia Monitor on March 5, 2017.

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      March 05, 2017
      IDSA News
    • Over the last few years, it has been a roller coaster ride for the oil markets. From $110 a barrel in 2010, prices began dropping from June 2014 and finally dropped to below $30 a barrel in January 2016. Then from the end of the first quarter of 2016, prices started recovering and have been hovering around $50 a barrel since May

      Strategic Analysis
    • As was anticipated, the nuclear sanctions imposed against Iran were finally lifted on January 16, 2016 after it was certified by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) that Iran had met its obligations under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) reached in July 2015 among six world powers.

      Strategic Analysis