The official portrait of the NATO Heads of State and Government, April 4, 2009

Strasbourg-Kehl summit prompts alliance response.

NATO Targets Energy Security

January 2010, Number 01.01

“The international context of 2008 and 2009 has highlighted the importance of securing the energy supply. The war between Russia and Georgia in August 2008 affected European energy supplies by causing the temporary shutdown of the Baku-Supsa pipeline. The NATO secretary-general noted that since the conflict threatened the sophisticated supply network of the Caucasus, it was also partly about the security of the energy supply.

The long-running dispute over gas pricing and transit tariffs between Russia’s giant Gazprom energy company and the Ukrainian state-owned company, NJSC Naftogaz of Ukraine — which led to an unprecedented cutoff of gas supplies to European Union markets in January 2009 — underscored concerns in the Euro-Atlantic community about energy security.

But while this context emphasized the importance of a complex and often politically influenced problem, it has not clarified the tension between energy being a security problem and one of a mostly economic, technical and commercial nature. Indeed, in many ways it has complicated the situation for NATO...”

Excerpt from Andrew Monaghan, “NATO Targets Energy Security,” per Concordiam: Journal of European Security Defense Issues 1, No. 1, 2010: 18-22.

Dr. Andrew Monaghan is an advisor in the research division of the NATO Defense College in Rome. Also, he is the senior researcher on energy security matters and NATO’s contribution in the field and represents the college in NATO’s Energy Security Task Force. He received a doctorate in Russian foreign policy (Russian perspectives of Russia-European Union security relations) from the Department of War Studies, King’s College London, where he also earned a master’s degree in war studies.

This article reflects the views of the author and are not necessarily the official policy of the United States, Germany, or any other governments.