Energy Security

University of Cambridge (2011)

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See also Environmental and Energy Security on the Global Security page

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Course Handbook


1. Energy and Economic Growth

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Lecture 1 Presentation


2. Energy, International Relations and Security

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Lecture 2 Presentation


3. US International Energy Security Policy

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Lecture 3 Presentation

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4. New US Middle East Policy and Persian Gulf Oil

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Lecture 4 Presentation


5. Gas Security in Britain and Europe

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Lecture 5 Presentation


6. EU Energy Security: Natural Gas

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Lecture 6 Presentation

Reading

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Nöel, Pierre (2008) A Strategic Energy Policy for Europe

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Nöel, Pierre (2010) EU Gas Security Regulation

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7. The EU and Russian Gas

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Lecture 7 Presentation

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Nöel, Pierre (2009) EU Gas Security after the Crisis

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Nöel, Pierre (2007) The EU-Russia Natural Gas Relationship: Challenges and Policy Responses


8. Measuring Gas-supply Security

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Lecture 8 Presentation


9. Revolution in European Gas?

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Lecture 9 Presentation

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10. China’s Energy Security Policy and US Response

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Lecture 10 Presentation

Reading

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Nöel, Pierre (2007) China’s Rise, Energy and International Security


11. China and Middle East Energy

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Lecture 11 Presentation

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Essays

Essay Questions

  1. How effective has OPEC been in advancing the interests of its members?
  2. Is the concept of the ‘oil curse’ a valid explanation for economic failure and bad governance, or is it an excuse?
  3. How did early nationalizations affect the international oil market?
  4. In many of the Sunni-dominated oil producing states, Shia populations occupy the main oil-producing areas. What consequences has this had for, a) oil production; and b) security?
  5. Has the US realized its post-2nd World War energy security objectives in the Persian Gulf?
  6. Discuss the role of politics in pipelines routing and protection, and how this impacts the security of transit states both short and long term.
  7. How does the LNG market differ from the oil market, and what implications does this have for security and supply?
  8. How does producer state identity impact the issue of energy security?
  9. Is the concept of peak oil valid, and what is its significance?
  10. How would you characterise the link between energy imports, energy security, and US foreign policy
  11. Is energy security fuelling US-China rivalry?

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