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dc.contributor.advisorRobinson, Glenn E.
dc.contributor.advisorMeierding, Emily L.
dc.contributor.authorLancaster, Alan W.
dc.contributor.authorTran, Thang Q.
dc.date2018-09
dc.date.accessioned2018-10-04T15:29:08Z
dc.date.available2018-10-04T15:29:08Z
dc.date.issued2018-09
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10945/60211
dc.descriptionApproved for public release. distribution is unlimiteden_US
dc.description.abstractThis thesis investigates the Islamic Republic of Iran’s current natural gas sector and explores the opportunities to monetize its proved natural gas reserves. According to BP statistics, Iran owns the world’s second-largest proved natural gas reserves, totaling 33.2 trillion cubic meters, or 17.2% of the world’s total proved reserves. Iran’s ability to expand its role in the natural gas market depends heavily on its ability to increase production, its capability to reach markets, and improved international relations with the West. The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) afforded sanctions relief for Iran to develop and resurrect its battered energy infrastructure with foreign investments. Though the United States withdrew from the JCPOA in May 2018, Iran is expected to increase its natural gas production to at least satisfy growing domestic demands. After analyzing Iran’s natural gas capacity, susceptible markets, and infrastructure, this research explores three strategic political scenarios that explore how the United States could approach Iran’s natural gas sector: cooperation, confrontation, and a hybrid approach. Iran desires to become a regional energy hub for exports, and U.S. policymakers must pursue a strategy that preserves U.S. interests while also promoting energy security for its allies and partners.en_US
dc.publisherMonterey, CA; Naval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
dc.titleIRANIAN NATURAL GAS: OPPORTUNITIES AND RISKSen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.secondreaderLipow, Jonathan
dc.contributor.departmentDefense Analysis (DA)
dc.contributor.departmentDefense Analysis (DA)
dc.subject.authorenergyen_US
dc.subject.authornatural gasen_US
dc.subject.authornatural gas pipelineen_US
dc.subject.authorliquefied natural gasen_US
dc.subject.authornatural gas marketen_US
dc.subject.authorIranen_US
dc.subject.authorMiddle Easten_US
dc.subject.authorFar Easten_US
dc.subject.authorresource economicsen_US
dc.subject.authorenergy securityen_US
dc.subject.authorenergy dominanceen_US
dc.subject.authorenergy policyen_US
dc.subject.authornational securityen_US
dc.subject.authorRussiaen_US
dc.subject.authorChinaen_US
dc.subject.authorEuropean Unionen_US
dc.subject.authorIraqen_US
dc.subject.authorOil-for-Food Programen_US
dc.description.recognitionOutstanding Thesisen_US
dc.description.serviceMajor, United States Armyen_US
dc.description.serviceMajor, United States Armyen_US
etd.thesisdegree.nameMaster of Science in Defense Analysis (Irregular Warfare)en_US
etd.thesisdegree.nameMaster of Science in Defense Analysis (Financial Management)en_US
etd.thesisdegree.levelMastersen_US
etd.thesisdegree.levelMastersen_US
etd.thesisdegree.disciplineDefense Analysis (Irregular Warfare)en_US
etd.thesisdegree.disciplineDefense Analysis (Financial Management)en_US
etd.thesisdegree.grantorNaval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
dc.identifier.thesisid31906


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