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The Energy Powering Eastern Europe

New EES module – ‘Energy’ – exploring regional energy politics, is set to begin next month.

News from Jun 20, 2016

In the winter of 2014/15 Ukrainian and Russian troops fought in a series of deadly battles in Eastern Ukraine. However, despite the fact that these countries were more or less at war with each other, Ukraine was still buying Russian gas, and indeed Russia was still selling. This is just one example of the powerful role of Russian hydrocarbon exports in Eastern Europe, and the way they sometimes are, and sometimes aren’t used as a geopolitical weapon.

Of course this isn’t just Russia and Ukraine. Rather, the whole of Eastern Europe is subject to a complex web of energy suppliers and consumers, with the energy politics playing an important role in the region’s overall political situation. For this reason, the Center for Global Politics (CGP) is once again starting the ‘Energy’ module for our East European Studies (EES) blended learning master program.

The ‘Energy’ module focuses on energy policy and energy security stressing the different perceptions on energy security in importing and exporting nations. The contemporary development in providing energy security on global, regional and national levels are among the topics discussed. Special attention is given to the EU-Russia energy dialogue as well as to energy policies, of the former Soviet states. Students will analyze the current developments in the energy sector from political, economic, legal, and environmental angles.

The module itself will be taught by Dr. Dmitri Mitin from the School of International and Public Affairs at North Carolina State University. ‘Energy’ for EES will begin on the 25th of July this year.