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Thank You Friedrich Ebert Foundation, DC

Thank You Friedrich Ebert Foundation, DCOn Tuesday December 2, 2009 the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung ( ) organized a luncheon in Washington D.C. on behalf of the Journal of Energy Security (JES). The meeting provided an opportunity to introduce the JES to the Washington policy community and to discuss energy and security issues as they relate to the Transatlantic community.

Energy Security as National Security: Defining Problems Ahead of Solutions

Over April 3-4 2009 NATO will celebrate its 60th anniversary.  While the summit will offer spectacular events such as President Obama’s first NATO appearance as US President and France’s official announcement of rejoining NATO’s military command structure, it will also offer a review of progress made on the 2006 Riga summit declaration on Alliance involvement on the issue of energy security.  Yet energy related security risks do not lend themselves to clear lines of demarcation in terms of organizational responsibility.  Without defining energy security in a nuanced fashion, Phillip Cornell of the NATO School suggests, “runs the risk of politicizing or militarizing energy issues which can yield confused and aggressive policy choices” and may scuttle the overall objective of achieving energy security itself. 


Algeria: A Strategic Gas Partner For Europe

Former Financial Times North Africa correspondent Francis Ghilès provides an insightful backgrounder on Algeria as an  often overlooked supplier of natural gas to Europe.  In the wake of the January 2009 Ukraine-Russia dispute over gas supplies and transit, European consumers would be well put to re-examine Algeria as a reliable alternative supplier of the commodity.  Algeria already exports LNG to a large number of nations, including the US, which could be easily expanded.  Its piped natural gas to Spain and Italy avoid the problems of transit states and it holds significant proven domestic reserves which will allow it to expand its delivery capacity in the future.


Collective Energy Security: A New Approach for Europe

Pointing out the critical issues associated with energy security is an important aspect of raising the visibility of how energy impacts on national and global security.  The solution's side of the equation is much trickier given difficulties in finding solutions compatible with the foreign policy objectives of two or more nations.  Peter Doran of the Center for European Policy Analysis in Washington, DC provides one such solution to Europe’s current energy security dilemma.   Doran explores how the EU mechanism of “enhanced cooperation” could further Europe’s march towards collective energy security.


Energy Security Challenges for Israel Following the Gaza War

Israel's recent Gaza conflict has highlighted the country's own energy security vulnerabilities.  Israel would like to increase the share of natural gas in its energy mix, yet the decreasing availability of domestic Israeli gas supplies coupled with huge political uncertainties in tapping new off-shore resources must be addressed.  Developing new LNG infrastructure has its own set of challenges for the energy security of Israeli consumers; Israel's promising pre-war discussions with Turkey on creating an infrastructure corridor have been effectively side-lined.  Gal Luft elaborates on how future energy security in Israel rests on the viability of new security arrangements which have yet to be articulated and put into practice.



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