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Critical Energy Infrastructure Protection: The Case of the Trans-ASEAN Energy Network

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) are boldly moving forward in shoring up energy and power security through the creation of the Trans-ASEAN Energy Network.  However in doing so they run the risk of creating new vulnerabilities from network linked cascading failures caused by nature or man.  What can or should ASEAN member states do in shoring up their own critical energy infrastructure against persistent threats spread across the region?


One Year On: Covering Global Energy Security

This first-year anniversary issue of the Journal of Energy Security (JES) coincides with August 27, 1859 anniversary of Colonel Edwin Drake’s striking oil in Titusville, Pennsylvania.  While oil has fueled economic growth and personal mobility in the form of the automobile, Gal Luft, Executive Director of the Institute for the Analysis of Global Security, asks ‘Whose birthday is it really?’ It’s high time we re-evaluate oil’s role not only in the transportation field but also on its potential impact 150 years from today.  On changing the transportation landscape away from oil to newer fuels, particularly electricity, Keith Evans one of the world’s leading experts on lithium dispels the myth that there isn’t enough of this material to go around.    Battery materials aside, the JES will run a number of articles on critical materials applicable to the entire energy complex over the next twe...

Dirty Hands: Russian Coal, GHG Emissions & European Gas Demand

Since 2002 the US Department of Energy has signaled that over time Russia would supplant natural gas power generation with coal in order to free up natural gas for export.  In 2006 then President Putin underscored this in his annual address to the nation’s lawmakers by challenging the country to add new coal and nuclear fired generating capacity to the nation’s power arsenal.  Concurrent with these developments have been decades of growing dependency on Russian natural gas by the European Union.  Are there links between these developments and can we even begin to imagine what would be the environmental impact of a coal fired Russia?


Oil’s 150th Anniversary: Whose Happy Birthday?

Over the past 150 years oil has transformed modern society.  At the same time it has been the subject of war and conflict, piracy and theft, wealth and prosperity.   It has an unprecedented impact on nations’ foreign policies and the willingness and ability of many oil producing nations to skew domestic policies in their own political favor.  To obviate growing oil dependency on a handful of nations the transportation sector requires transformation.  When and how this occurs is among this century’s greatest challenges.


After the Oil Bubble: Unlearned Lessons & Political Back-sliding

Oil producers may feel they've been through a near-death experience as a result of their roller-coaster price ride over 2008-2009.  But the lows may not have been low enough and pain limited sufficiently to catalyze real economic diversification across oil economies.  As a result political resilience has been the order of the day with the result that resource nationalism is likely to rise across the board in producer states keen to strengthen their political hands and refill state coffers once more. 



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