Is Russia a Threat to European Energy Security?

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Is Russia a Threat to European Energy Security?

8th June 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

In May 2021, the Biden administration waived sanctions on the company building the controversial Nord Stream 2 pipeline. US Congress concluded that the sanctions were not in their national interest and have adopted a different approach to what some have called a ‘geopolitical prize’ for the Kremlin. Critics have argued that the US is prioritising relations with Germany over European security, just as Germany has privileged its own interests over Ukraine’s security. But what will the seemingly inevitable completion of Nord Stream 2 mean for Ukrainian security? Will it embolden the Kremlin to launch further military build-ups or even accelerate its ongoing war on Ukraine?

The Henry Jackson Society is delighted to host this event, which will also place the Nord Stream 2 project within the broader picture of energy security in Europe. Russia is the dominant gas supplier for several East European countries: Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Poland, Romania, and Slovakia each receive between 75 and 100 percent of their natural gas imports from Russia. Can Russia be relied upon as an energy partner? During this event, our speakers will discuss these questions and the implications for European security of Russia’s dominance over energy supplies.


Dr Alan Riley is an Associate Fellow in the Russia and Eurasian Studies Centre at the Henry Jackson Society and a Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council in Washington DC. Dr Riley specialises in energy law, particularly in relation to the market and strategic questions associated with pipeline gas and LNG. In the energy field, he has recently completed a research report on myths associated with Nord Stream 2, due to be published through The Henry Jackson Society.


Dr Yuriy Vitrenko is the CEO of Naftogaz, Ukraine’s state-owned, and largest, oil and gas company. Originally trained as an economist, Dr Vitrenko was previously CEO of the investment company “AYA Capital” and served as Minister of Energy from 2020-2021. He takes a keen interest in questions relating to energy and is well-placed to provide the Ukrainian perspective on Nord Stream2 and the future of European energy security.


Ralf Fücks is Man­ag­ing Direc­tor of the Center for Liberal Moder­nity (Zentrum Liberale Moderne), fol­low­ing 21 years as Pres­i­dent of The Green Political Foundation (Hein­rich-Böll-Stiftung), the polit­i­cal foun­da­tion asso­ci­ated with the Greens. At the centre of his work is green eco­nom­ics and eco­log­i­cal inno­va­tion, migra­tion, the future of Europe and inter­na­tional pol­i­tics. He was previously Co-Chair of the German Green Party (1989/​​90) and Senator of Envi­ron­ment and City Devel­op­ment in Bremen. His books include ‘Sind die Grünen noch zu retten?’ (Is There a Future for the Green Party?); ‘Intel­li­gent Wachsen – Die grüne Rev­o­lu­tion’ (Smart Growth – The Green Rev­o­lu­tion); ‘Frei­heit vertei­di­gen – wie wir den Kampf um die offene Gesellschaft gewin­nen’ (Defend­ing Freedom – How We Can Win The Fight For An Open Society); and ‘Soziale Mark­twirtschaft ökol­o­gisch erneuern’ (Green­ing the Social Market Economy).


Dr Jade McGlynn is the Director of Research at the Henry Jackson Society, where she previously worked as a Research Fellow specialising in Russian political culture and foreign relations. Prior to joining HJS, Jade worked as a Lecturer and Researcher at the University of Oxford. Jade holds a DPhil in Russian from the University of Oxford, where she also gained her BA in Russian and Spanish. She also has a Masters by Research in Russian and East European Studies from the University of Birmingham. Jade is currently finalising a manuscript on the politics of memory in Putin’s Russia. As well as fluent Russian, Jade speaks Spanish, French, Serbian, and Ukrainian, with limited proficiency in German.


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8th June 2021
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm


United Kingdom


Henry Jackson Society
+44 (0) 20 7340 4520


Dr Alan Riley, Dr Yuriy Vitrenko, Ralf Fücks, Dr Jade McGlynn


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