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March 2011

Azerbaijan's New Energy Act

Azerbaijan has rocketed into prominence as the most important supplier of Caspian oil and gas to Western nations. Yet it plays a decisive balancing act between the major Caucasus/Caspian players, e.g. Russia and Iran, and the United States and Europe in charting an economically sustainable and independent future. The frozen conflict in Nagorno-Karabagh is a huge domestic and regionally explosive issue that the country would like settled but that tangibly has seen very little progress to date. How Azerbaijan and Europe deepen their engagement in the energy trade bodes well for both parties, but energy alone is not enough from an Azerbaijani perspective.


Poland's Energy Security Strategy

Poland's Energy Security Strategy

Of all the countries across Central and Eastern Europe, Poland has been among the most vocal about its energy-related security vulnerabilities. Sticking to coal, which continues to generate the majority of the country's electricity, Poland is under increasing pressure to diversify its fuel mix for security and environmental reasons. LNG, nuclear and renewables are all on the table for altering its energy and power supply. And with the Polish Presidency of the EU Council scheduled to commence this summer, energy will be high on the agenda. Contributor Honorata Nyga - Łukaszewska profiles Poland's National Energy Security Strategy and in doing so provides us a baseline understanding of where the country stands presently on energy and how it plans on bolstering its energy security future.


The Road to Hungarian Energy Security

The Road to Hungarian Energy Security

Kornel Andzsans-Balogh contributes the fourth, and final installment, of our coverage of threats and challenges to Visegrad state energy security with a detailed look at Hungary. While the country has significantly increased its national security through transit diversification, through transmission interconnectors for electricity supply, and through greater gas storage, it remains vulnerable to excess country-of-origin dependence on natural gas from the Russian Federation. Having said this, Hungary's accomplishments are worth noting and instructive to other nations facing the same or a similar problem, not only in Europe but around the world. 

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