Arman holds a coordinator position in Shell Development Kashagan (Royal Dutch Shell). Previously he has served in the Presidential administration of Kazakhstan as division head for energy policy and also obtained MPA degree from Columbia University (USA).
A brief version of this article was published in the Middle East Times (http://www.metimes.com/Opinion/2008/10/15/the_second_law_of_petropolitics/6359/) on October 15, 2008, i.e. before the U.S. Presidential elections. Now, when Democrat Barack Obama became president of the USA, everybody sees the law works.
ASTANA, Kazakhstan - The dispute over the Kashagan oil field in the Caspian still continues; two months, which were determined as time enough for a friendly settlement, have brought a Memorandum of Understanding only. After an initial massive attack by Kazakhstan's government on Eni SpA, a Kashagan project operator, the negotiation process has transformed into languid trench warfare.