EU energy security is only as strong as its weakest link: the former Eastern Bloc

Though mitigating climate change does not contradict improving energy security in Europe, these goals imply different priorities. Climate mitigation measures should concentrate on larger emitters which tend to be more secure, whereas energy security policies should prioritise most vulnerable countries which are often small and insignificant from the climate point of view.

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When Do States Invest in Energy Security?

The article by Andrew Cheon and Johannes Urpelainen in the Journal of Conflict Resolution proposes an elegant method of explaining energy R&D in OECD countries by tying it to military expenditures and the concentration of the global oil production in the Middle East. The paper would benefit from more systematically defining its independent variable (energy security as extending beyond using oil in military conflicts) and dependent variable (energy policy as extending beyond R&D expenditures).

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