Energy Security Program
PSSI decided early in its history that energy security considerations were of special relevance to the Czech Republic, given the country’s perilous level of dependency on Russian natural gas and nuclear fuel. Regrettably, this long-time concern and security policy emphasis has been validated by the outright “weaponization“ of Russian gas supplies and pricing schemes in the context of the Ukraine crisis. The Institute firmly supports cost competitive and sustainable technological innovations with respect to extraction methods and power generation . PSSI also supports nuclear power generation, but believes priority must be given to secure, democracy-based sources of supply (e.g the U.S., Japan, France, South Korea etc.) to avoid the dangerous dependency-related vulnerabilities presently experienced by several smaller NATO and EU member states in the natural gas sector. We believe that the combination of strong academic pursuits and exposure to “real world” scenarios and decision-makers in this security policy field represents the best chance of the nation and the region possessing the professional skills and training to resist the allure of subsidized financing, artificially low prices and various “incentives” offered by authoritarian states in favor of sound, security-minded public policy decisions.
PSSI has been committed to the study and advancement of regional energy security since its inception. In 2004, PSSI organized one of the first international conferences on “Energy and Security” held in the region. Over the past decade, the Institute has held numerous conferences and roundtables on different facets of this critical security portfolio. In addition to organizing sessions on energy security topics, the Institute will be convening its third intensive, one-week lecture/seminar sessions in 2015, bringing in several well-known experts to lead the discussions.
PSSI has a rather extensive research capability, in particular in combination with Masaryk University in Brno, which leads the country in this field of study, and our American partner organization, PSSI Washington. For example, we are now able to map visually all of the energy-related transactions of Russian state-owned enterprises on a daily basis and understand the patterns at play in Moscow’s efforts to win major gas and nuclear contracts worldwide (particularly on the parts of Gazprom and Rosatom). It is also continuously monitoring compliance with the EU’s Third Energy Package, designed to diversify energy supplies and defeat monopolistic practices by any one supplier (e.g. control of both gas supplies and transmission systems).
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