In our continuing efforts to develop this blog into a top source of high quality, original information on Russia, energy, and international affairs, we are proud to welcome two additional guest bloggers, the well known energy journalists Derek Brower and Tom Nicholls. Derek Brower is an internationally-respected journalist who covers energy politics, the EU, and Russia. His work appears regularly in Petroleum Economist, the global magazine for the oil and gas industry. He has also written for Prospect magazine, The Times, Business New Europe, BridgeNews, Platts, The Calgary Herald, and other publications. His reporting has been translated into several languages. A Russian speaker, he is also completing PhD studies in Russian literature, and has lived in and reported from Russia. He holds degrees from Oxford and London Universities. Brower is a founder and director of geopolitical consultancy BrowerNicholls. Tom Nicholls is the editor of Petroleum Economist and an expert on global energy politics, reporting from events around the world and speaking at energy gatherings. He has worked for 15 years as a journalist and is a regular contributor to the business pages of the London Evening Standard, in addition to other publications. Fluent in Spanish, he has worked as a foreign correspondent in Madrid for Bridge News, a global news agency. Nicholls is a graduate of Oxford University . He is a founder and director of geopolitical consultancy BrowerNicholls.