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Alessandro Scheffler, from the George C. Marshall European Center for European Studies, teaches energy security Jan. 23 to students at the Advance Security and Defense Studies School in Belgrade, Serbia. (Courtesy photo)

GCMC public affairs staff report

BELGRADE, Serbia (January 23, 2014) – Energy security and its implications on the region led a discussion here by a faculty member of the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies Jan. 23.

Alessandro Scheffler, from the Marshall Center , lectured on energy security Jan. 23 to students at the Advance Security and Defense Studies School here.

Scheffler, who is also a research associate at the Bundeswehr University in Munich, talked about energy potentials in the capital of Serbia, and its future as an important energy transit and storage country.

Talking about various forms of energy, Scheffler pointed out their characteristics, advantages and disadvantages in their use, as well as the energy security aspects.

“Energy security balances economic, national security and environmental concerns,” said Scheffler.

Scheffler emphasized the difference of economic and political considerations with regard to energy and energy security. He also warned against a politicization of energy and described the European Union's third energy package, which started in September 2009, as a means to mitigate it. The remainder of the lecture talked about issues of energy transition in the case of Germany and finished up with an energy security analysis.

Scheffler is an academic coordinator of the Masters in International and Security Studies Program at the Marshall Center.

The Marshall Center is a joint U.S.-German effort located in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. It is one of five regional centers managed by the Defense Security Cooperation Agency and see about 1,100 participants to its resident course and conducts better than 150 outreach and alumni events annually.