OGEL Special Issue on Energy Security
17 July 2007
The OGEL special issue on "Energy Security" intends to open an up-to-date debate about energy security while encompassing the current risks, as well as analyzing what this concept means for various players, and what strategies are or should be undertaken by them.
The issue, therefore, takes a rather broad approach to the concept of energy security. It inquires about:
1) An up-to-date definition of the concept of energy security while taking into account the differences between various sources of energy (has this concept changed over time? Are we concerned about the same things as were 50 years ago? How a balance can be struck between security of supply and security of demand, should we define security of oil supply differently than security of gas supply? Etc.);
2) Up-to-date account of where each source of energy stands in guaranteeing global security of supply (e.g. the new debate on the role of biofuels);
3) Up-to-date account of the elements of risk at global, regional and country level (debate on depletion of reserves, on insecurity of facilities or transit routes, insecurity of energy sources, efficiency of various investment regimes, structure of supply contracts and the role of spot markets, etc);
5) Up-to-date account of the measures undertaken by various players in the market or obligations imposed on them to guarantee such security;
6) Perspectives of various countries or regions in guaranteeing energy security (e.g. consumer perspective, producer perspective, the effects of the current consumer-producer dialogues at various levels such as the IEF, OPEC-EU dialogue, Russia-EU, etc.);
We encourage experts in the field to contribute to this special issue in order to collect new ideas and opinions from all relevant disciplines and to create an excellent analytical account of this concept.
The Energy Security special was published in November 2007 and was edited for OGEL by Dr. Sanam S. Haghighi.
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