GEST-602 Energy in Europe: Security, Transformation, Governance
Spring for 2016-2017
The goal of this course is twofold: First, it will aim to teach students about the geopolitics of energy in the European context. Second, it will aim to give students a practice-based approach to assignments using writing and briefing methods similar to those utilized within the U.S. State Department. The course will begin with a deep-dive into the interconnected and rapidly transforming nature of global energy trends and how they impact energy policy decisions in Europe. It will provide students with an understanding of the roots of European Union energy integration, the dynamics of Europe’s gas and power sectors, and the geopolitics of energy dependence. Students will analyze the tensions between EU- and Member State-level energy priorities and gain an understanding of the practice of energy diplomacy. Over the course of the semester, students will prepare briefing memoranda, conduct focused analyses on contemporary energy issues and draft speeches designed to influence foreign audiences. Course materials will include influential texts, European legislation, data and analysis from energy producers and research firms, and the media. The course will also employ guest lecturers from U.S. and European governments, energy firms and top analysts to expose students to key players in the geopolitics of energy today.