Energy Security



Credits / Language / Semester

2Credits / English / Winter


Learn about individual energy sectors from global energy security perspective. Find out public policy issues for each sector and develop policy responses to enhance affordable and sustainable supply.


Energy Security, IEA, global governance, public policy, shale gas, oil, nuclear, renewable, coal


1. Global Energy Market in the long term: where does growth happen. Major game-changers and challenges.
2. Oil Market. North American Energy independence: Shale revolution as a dream or reality. The impacts to the US economy and global geopolitics.
3. Role of the IEA. Use of Strategic Petroleum Release. Changing roles of OPEC and IEA. Possible Iranian Crisis case. Asian challenge to the regime.
4. Natural gas market. Shale gas revolution and future changes in trade flows. Hydro Fracturing and Environmental issues. Role of Russia and the US. Issues of LNG pricing.
5. Coal market. Still major fossil fuel source but grave carbon implications. China as a Game changer. CCS technology.
6. Where does the Climate Change COP go? Future of Carbon market. When China peaks out its emission.
7. Is Renewable energy the solution? Price subsidies. Failure of Feed in Tariffs in Spain. Grid interconnection. Case of Japan.
8. Is Nuclear still a part of solution after the Fukushima accident. German experiment of total phase out. Story of Integral Fast Reactor as a new fuel cycle option. Plutonium Economy
9.Growing role of Energy Efficiency. Issue of fossil fuel consumption subsidies. Why countries cannot implement Win-Win-Win solution?
10.Potential Energy Technologies. Hydrogen technology Renaissance. Super Conductivity Grid.
Methane Hydrate.
11. What is the Future Energy Security Model? EU model of Collective Security expanding as DeserTech. North American pipeline and grid Model. Latin American Division. Future of Asia. Comprehensive Security and possible new role of the IEA.
12.Other hot topics

Teaching Methods

After short lectures about the subject of the day, participants are asked to discuss for the policy responses from different perspectives.


30 % by Class participation by attendance, Q&As, debates. 70% by a group or individual power point presentation on “Energy Security Policy on selected issues” to the end of the term.

Required Textbooks

Power-point slides are prepared.

Reference Books

International Energy Agency (IEA) World Energy Outlook 2013

Notes on Taking the Course

This jissenkamoku is recommended to those who will take 2014 Winter Semester’s Case Study ( Energy Security and International Organizations ). You can take both courses in the winter semester.

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