This course provides a critical understanding of energy security - its various conceptualisations, its relationship to other forms of security, and its embeddedness in the structures of the modern state. In the format of an intensive unit, this course examines energy security in terms of supply, demand, critical infrastructure, environment, as well as the flow on effects for the political, economic, commercial and military realms. It considers a range of potential threats from geostrategic tensions to the destabilising consequences of global climate change.
The course examines energy security from the perspective of diverse states, and traces their divergent paths to achieve it. Topics may include the oil price war, the Iran nuclear deal, Russia’s gas pipeline diplomacy, the US shale revolution, rentierism in the Middle East, the global Coal Divestment movement, or other contemporary issues. Throughout, students will engage in analysis of contemporary energy security challenges and the implications for national and international security. The focus of the readings, lectures, class conversations and projects will be more political, economic and strategic than technical in nature. The course will engage with practitioner perspectives alongside academic insights. Schedules permitting, this class will take advantage of participation by policy practitioners and international experts in the annual ANU Energy Update, including speakers from the International Energy Agency, Australian government agencies and the energy industry.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Demonstrate a critical understanding of the contemporary evolution of energy securitisation
- Explain the energy-economic security nexus from both consumer state and producer state perspectives, using global case studies
- Critically analyse and evaluate the national security challenges posed by contemporary energy trends in Australia, the region and globally
- Communicate ideas and analysis related to energy security for professional and scholarly audiences.
- Presentation: Policy Recommendation with Public Information Campaign (50) [LO 1,2,4]
- Academic Essay (50) [LO 1,2,3]
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Contact hours: 12 Contact Hours across intensive 3 week instruction.
Requisite and Incompatibility
A list of readings will be provided in lieu of a prescribed text.
Patrick Gasser, “A review of energy security indices to compare country performances” Energy Policy (April 2020).
Victor, David G. and Kassia Yanosek. “The Next Energy Revolution: The Promise and Peril of High-Tech Innovation” Foreign Affairs (July/August 2017): 124-131.
Daniel Yergin, “The Oil Collapse” Foreign Affairs, April 2020.
Meghan O’Sullivan. “The Entanglement of Energy, Grand Strategy and International Security” in The Handbook of Global Energy Policy, edited by Andreas Goldthau (John Wiley & Sons, 2013), pp. 30-47.
Karen Stegen. "Deconstructing the energy weapon: Russia's threat to Europe as a case study" Energy Policy 39 (2011): 6505-6513.
Christian Winzer, “Conceptualising Energy Security” Energy Policy 46 (2012): 36-48.
Klare, Michael T. “There Will be Blood: Political Violence, Regional Warfare, and the Risk of Great-Power Conflict over Contested Energy Sources,” in Energy Security Challenges in the 21st Century, ed. Gal Luft and Anne Korin (Santa Barbara: Praeger Security International, 2009): 44-65.
Fettweis, Christopher J. “No Blood for Oil: Why Resource Wars Are Obsolete,” in Energy Security Challenges in the 21st Century, ed. Gal Luft and Anne Korin (Santa Barbara: Praeger Security International, 2009): 66-77.
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|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|6539||01 Oct 2021||TBA||TBA||31 Dec 2021||In-Person and Online||N/A|