GOVT-448 Dept Sem: The Politics of Energy in Europe and Russia
Fall for 2016-2017
This Department Seminar, offered for the first time in the fall of the 2016, will focus on the far-reaching changes taking place in Europe and Russia, using the example of energy as an illustration of the larger political and economic forces at work in the subcontinent in recent decades.
A quarter-century after the fall of the Berlin wall and the end of the Soviet empire, the West faces what it thought it would never see again—a quasi-Cold War in a redivided Europe. The vision that inspired the 1990s and the early 2000s, of a modern Russia integrated into the world economy and aligned in peaceful partnership with a reunited Europe, has abruptly vanished. Instead, a new line of conflict is being drawn across the map.
For some, that vision was an illusion from the start, and the present is simply a reversion to a grim historic norm. Better security is indeed indispensable. But a stable and peaceful Europe requires a renewed search for shared interests, above all economic interest.
Energy has a key role to play. But energy divides as well as unites, especially in a world increasingly concerned with the impact of energy on climate change. This seminar will explore the many facets of energy policy in Russia and Europe and the interaction between the two, which has become especially problematic in recent years, both because of far-reaching technological changes in the energy sector itself and because of the overall political deterioration in East-West relations over the last decade.
The course will contain two sections that will meet jointly, one for undergraduates and one for graduate students from the CERES Master’s program. The undergraduates will be required to have reading knowledge of ONE of three languages: French, German, OR Russian. The CERES students will be assumed to have reading knowledge of Russian.
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