As a primary actor in the development of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, Russia plays a key role. Gazprom, the primary company behind the project, has a legal monopoly on Russia’s gas pipeline exports, and close ties to the Russian government. Gazprom emphasizes the Nord Stream 2 project will be mutually beneficial for Russia and… Read More Russian Perspectives
For my assignment this week, I wanted to take a deeper dive into US sanctions: what are recent developments, and is there relevant historical context that may shed light on whether these sanctions could even alter the likely outcome that construction on NS2 continues? SUMMARY: The US is continuing to threaten sanctions, though none focused… Read More US Sanctions: Update and History
This week we focused on continuing our research as proposed from our last meeting.
This week, my focus has been on the UK’s position. Given that I have already conducted general background research, this post will focus primarily on the UK’s energy strategy. SUMMARY: The UK is opposed to the pipeline from a security perspective, and a desire to support Ukraine. They have voiced this publicly, though tactfully (given… Read More UK Perspectives
Below is a selection of recommended readings from the Client to assist in our research.
For the next two weeks my task will be to provide further research on the positions of the US and UK. This post focuses on the US perspective. SUMMARY: The US is opposed to the pipeline because Trump views LNG exports as an important pathway to reduce trade deficits (and energy exports positively affect his… Read More US Perspectives
This week our primary focus was on coordinating with the project client and mapping our next steps for the project.
For my portion of the initial background research on country and regional perspectives on the NS2 pipeline, I have looked into the positions of the following: Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Norway, U.K., Ireland, Belgium, and Luxembourg. SUMMARY:Sweden and Finland are in principle opposed on ecological and security grounds, though they have both approved permits. Denmark is… Read More Perspectives on Nord Stream 2: Nordics, U.K., Ireland, Belgium & Luxembourg