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Recent Developments in Cooperative Energy Security

Robert M. Cutler

Abstract: Sustainable development has acquired a legitimate place in discussions of energy development. The concept of cooperative energy security brings together a joint concern with the international environment and energy, with a focus on sustainable development. It is a progressive development of research into the sources of effective international environmental protection. What has made it possible for the energy industry to succeed today in historically the most difficult of circumstances (the Caspian Sea basin) is the qualitatively new phenomenon of strategic alliances amongst industry leaders that has emerged from the need to reply to the incredibly complex engineering tasks combining economic, political and social elements in a manner impossible to disentangle. Yet this notion of “strategic alliance” also describes, in the political realm, the traditional relationship conceived in democratic theory between a civil society and its government. Therefore, no “public-private partnership” but rather a three-way strategic alliance—amongst governments, industry and publics—is necessary today. The present articles reviews recent steps in that direction.

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Contents: 
  1. [Introductory Remarks]
  2. What Is “Cooperative Energy Security”?
  3. Current Interpretations of “Cooperative Energy Security”
  4. Origin and Development of the “Cooperative Energy Security” Policy Concept
  5. Non-governmental Organizations and Cooperative Energy Security
  6. Why to Prefer a “Three-way Strategic Alliance” over “Public-Private Partnerships”
  7. The Complexity of Energy Security Today
  8. Conclusion
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Robert M. Cutler, “Recent Developments in Cooperative Energy Security” Oil, Gas and Energy Law 5, no. 4 (November 2007), available at ⟨http://www.robertcutler.org/CES/ar07oge.htm⟩, accessed 22 July 2017.


Dr. Robert M. Cutlerwebsiteemail ] was educated at MIT and The University of Michigan, where he earned a Ph.D. in Political Science, and has specialized and consulted in the international affairs of Europe, Russia, and Eurasia since the late 1970s. He has held research and teaching positions at major universities in the United States, Canada, France, Switzerland, and Russia, and contributed to leading policy reviews and academic journals as well as the print and electronic mass media in three languages.

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