Ukraine and the New European (Clean) Energy Debate
The crisis in Ukraine has revived the long-simmering question of Europe’s energy dependence on Russia, a country which has not hesitated to use energy dominance as leverage over its neighbors. Among the suggested policy remedies for Europe’s energy insecurity are the importation of American shale gas and improvements in energy efficiency and green technologies.
On May 6, the Project on international Order and Strategy (IOS) at Brookings will host a Statesman’s Forum with Danish Foreign Minister Martin Lidegaard to offer a European perspective on how the Ukraine crisis demonstrates the need for a coherent European energy policy – one in which strategic investments in renewable energy and green technology must play a central role.
Lidegaard has been the foreign minister of Denmark since February 2014. Previously, he was the minister for climate, energy and buildings from 2011-2014 and prior to that he directed the Danish climate think tank CONCITO. He has an extensive background in environmental policy and is a leading proponent of renewable energy.
Brookings Managing Director William Antholis will introduce the foreign minister. A question and answer session moderated by IOS Director and Senior Fellow Bruce Jones will follow Lindegaard’s remarks.
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The Russians have effectively already declared war quite a long time ago in the information sphere. They’ve been trying to prove that they are a major cyber force — they want to create a wartime scenario so then they can sit down and agree some kind of truce with us.
[Putin] wants to have a relationship that is essentially a managed confrontation right now with the United States because Putin is mobilizing at home ahead of his own election season. And he's trying to explain to the Russian people why he, Vladimir Putin, should stay in power indefinitely. And it's because there's an external adversary who is up. That's the United States in their depiction. So if we kind of disappeared from the scene and all was normal and we were having a nonconfrontational relationship, it would be very difficult to justify the mobilization that requires keeping people like Alexei Navalny in jail and generally having a rather militarized posture in the international arena.