Azerbaijan Can Provide Europe with its “Energy Needs of the Future”

by Bobby Reyes

Drilling rig in the Caspian Sea | Photo via Wikimedia Commons

Part XV: The Ukraine Crisis

This columnist must confess that the original title of this Part XV of the series was “Azerbaijan Can Replace Russia in Providing Oil and Gas to Europe.” But then, my good friend, Tor Asuncion, a Sorsoganon-Texan American, warned me that the Russian Federation might feel envious of the new role of Azerbaijan in the field of fossil fuels. “El Tor,” a moniker that I coined for my friend in Texas, wondered if Russia would invade Azerbaijan again as it did in 1919? And make it a satellite country run by a new puppet government like it was during the U.S.S.R. days. Yes, the “Evil Empire” (to borrow the term of then-President Reagan) — known officially as the United Socialist Soviet Republic until it fell apart in 1992. And Azerbaijan, along with the 13 other puppet states of Russia, regained their political independence and economic freedom.

If some of my fellow senior citizens, especially my Republican friends and acquaintances, forgetting about the U.S.S.R., here is what it was. The United Socialist Soviet Republic, or U.S.S.R., consisted of 15 republics: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan.

Yes, “El Tor” Asuncion is hypothetically correct. And so, I changed the title to a more politically-correct phrase. Thinking aloud, I remembered — to my pleasant surprise — a new moniker for a country in a 2014 seminar about the “Caspian Sea Energy Corridor” (CSEC) that I covered at the invitation of the Consulate General of Azerbaijan of Los Angeles (CA). The seminar participants learned that “Azerbaijan now bills itself ‘The Land of the Future.” Aha, I came up quickly with a new title, which also dramatizes my penchant for and of “The Future.”

About two decades before the said 2014 “CSEC” seminar at the University of Southern California, I coined a new moniker for my home province of Sorsogon and homeland, the Philippines. I came up with “Isles of the Future.” I registered the domain name, www.islesofuture.com. I even proposed to the Catholic Church of Bacon (Sorsogon) to make it a “Parish of the Future” and wrote a Facebook Note. But alas, Filipino (and Catholic Church) policy and decision-makers refuse to use or adopt the “OF THE FUTURE” even as a sobriquet. Probably because the idea did not come from their “coconut,” which is the Filipino colloquial word for “brain.”

” … how the world could bring permanent peace to troubled Islamic countries by adopting Azerbaijan as the “model country” in redeveloping and reinventing the Muslim world. Also, about its history and the coming perceived and suggested role in the country’s foreign affairs.”

Even in the field of American politics, I immediately joined the Facebook Group called the “Democrats Are The Future” (DATF) as soon as I heard of it. Why? Because, as I guessed right, its administrators and members always think of a better future for the United States and humanity at large. The DAFT now has nearly 40-K members spread in about 21 chapters all over the United States. And perhaps it will someday become the biggest, the boldest, the best-financed, and the brightest community-based “political action committee” (PAC). Maybe the DATF may be able to reinvent first the Democratic Party and, later, American politics itself. But time will tell.

And speaking again of Azerbaijan, I wrote in February 2020 this essay, Azerbaijan, The “Land of the Future,” Is A “Poetry-In-Motion” Nation, Too.

In 2017, I also wrote an op-ed piece, “How to Create Peace and Progress in Islamic Countries as a result of the 09-11 Tragedy.” It was about how the world could bring permanent peace to troubled Islamic countries by adopting Azerbaijan as the “model country” in redeveloping and reinventing the Muslim world. Also, about its history and the coming perceived and suggested role in the country’s foreign affairs.

Now back to the topic “Azerbaijan Can Provide Europe with its ‘Energy Needs of the Future.”  They can do it. Azerbaijan is the 20th biggest oil and gas producer and has ample reserves. Its “Caspian Sea Energy Corridor (CSEC)” is in partnership with Turkey like a twin sister of a nation.

“Russia may not be able to fight 31 countries all at the same time. It is currently bogged down in its invasion of Ukraine, despite how the Russians belittle the Ukrainian military and its capabilities. How more tragic will it become for Russia if it attacks NATO? Or even one NATO member-nation?”

This columnist is not sure if Azerbaijan and Turkey have a “Mutual Defense Pact” (MDP) or an equivalent treaty like it. The MDP is like the treaty between the United States and the Philippines. An MDP requires both treaty signatory nations to defend each other if a foreign aggressor attacks one.

Again the fear of Mr. “El Tor” that Russia may attack (again) Azerbaijan may be dissuaded by an MDP signed between the two Islamic countries (if there is an existing MDP). And an attack on Turkey, a member of NATO, will involve the 29 other countries that are also NATO members. Russia may not be able to fight 31 countries all at the same time. It is currently bogged down in its invasion of Ukraine, despite how the Russians belittle the Ukrainian military and its capabilities. How more tragic will it become for Russia if it attacks NATO? Or even one NATO member-nation?

By this Sunday, this columnist will do his best to predict why — and how — Azerbaijan may be able to obtain additional gas and crude oil from producers like Iran and other neighboring countries. Or even involve Iran and other willing fossil-fuel producers to join a Mini-OPEC within the OPEC. And yes, provide Europe with all its fossil-fuel needs for the present and the future. So that — as the adage goes — all can live happily ever after.

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