In the coming decades, Europe faces considerable challenges in addressing its increasing demand for energy with finite resources and a growing dependence on external supplies.
On October 21, the Center on the United States and Europe and the Energy Security Initiative at Brookings, and the Berlin-based Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi) hosted a discussion of the new European energy landscape and its ramifications for the transatlantic alliance. Energy experts and officials from both sides of the Atlantic addressed critical issues, including security of supply, resource nationalism, shale gas and oil production, alternative and renewable technologies, and the impact of the financial crisis. In their remarks, David Goldwyn of the U.S. Department of State, Piotr Szymanski of the European Commission, and Pierre Noël of the University of Cambridge considered the multi-faceted nature of European energy security and the role the European Union and the U.S. play in shaping a global energy governance architecture.
Senior Fellow Charles Ebinger, director of the Energy Security Initiative, provided introductory remarks and moderated the discussion. After the program, the panelists took audience questions.
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[North Korea wants to participate in the Olympic games in South Korea as] another way to show the world North Korea's muscle - literally. [The regime] wants to present and show off their athletes. The amount of resources they put into this as a poor country is quite high. It's serious that they made that initiative and are actually showing up and trying to cooperate, at least in terms of Olympic participation.