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Energy insecurity: what can NATO do?

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Energy insecurity:

what can NATO do?

In a globalized world

no man is an island.

Some 50 per cent

of the EU’s gas imports from Russia

still pass through Ukraine

and these imports have already

been interrupted twice before,

in 2006 and 2009.

Following the Ukraine crisis,

there are fears

that Europe’s energy security

may be vulnerable again.

In globalization,

our interdependence means

that we cannot be isolated

from instability

in any one part of the world.

Ukraine is

a very obvious example of that now,

but we had that with 9/11, we had it

with things like the SARS outbreak.

We’re a much

more interdependent world.

But energy movements

are decided largely

by private companies in commercial

deals, at least in the West.

So what role can an international

organisation like NATO play?

Energy security is not something

that NATO would sell for control.

Again, national decisions,

economic decisions,

infrastructure decision,

EU level decisions...

But it can be

a forum for consultation,

for places where countries

such as the Baltic States

can raise concerns with other allies,

and we can talk about

the implications of the dependencies

and the need for addressing them

and also how we can share pain.

There is a real case to be made

that NATO needs to recast

the role it envisaged in 1949.

By this I mean

inclusion of other ministries

during North Atlantic Council

sessions, like Ministers of Finance.

This is representative of the holistic

challenges the world faces today.

This adaptation

will require a new skill set.

But this is not the first time

NATO has had to adapt

to changing security challenges.

If we have no experts,

we should have some experts.

It’s no excuse. I remember

when I spent my time in NATO,

it was very interesting.

We found out

that nobody speaks Arabic.

Now that’s no longer the case,

but now suddenly, why?

Because never before

it was needed, but now it is needed.

And finally, there can be

little doubt that energy can have

a major impact

on rebalancing relations with Russia.

Energy security and economic

stability limit Russian freedom

of action more so than any sort

of direct military to military balance.

Energy insecurity:

what can NATO do?

In a globalized world

no man is an island.

Some 50 per cent

of the EU’s gas imports from Russia

still pass through Ukraine

and these imports have already

been interrupted twice before,

in 2006 and 2009.

Following the Ukraine crisis,

there are fears

that Europe’s energy security

may be vulnerable again.

In globalization,

our interdependence means

that we cannot be isolated

from instability

in any one part of the world.

Ukraine is

a very obvious example of that now,

but we had that with 9/11, we had it

with things like the SARS outbreak.

We’re a much

more interdependent world.

But energy movements

are decided largely

by private companies in commercial

deals, at least in the West.

So what role can an international

organisation like NATO play?

Energy security is not something

that NATO would sell for control.

Again, national decisions,

economic decisions,

infrastructure decision,

EU level decisions...

But it can be

a forum for consultation,

for places where countries

such as the Baltic States

can raise concerns with other allies,

and we can talk about

the implications of the dependencies

and the need for addressing them

and also how we can share pain.

There is a real case to be made

that NATO needs to recast

the role it envisaged in 1949.

By this I mean

inclusion of other ministries

during North Atlantic Council

sessions, like Ministers of Finance.

This is representative of the holistic

challenges the world faces today.

This adaptation

will require a new skill set.

But this is not the first time

NATO has had to adapt

to changing security challenges.

If we have no experts,

we should have some experts.

It’s no excuse. I remember

when I spent my time in NATO,

it was very interesting.

We found out

that nobody speaks Arabic.

Now that’s no longer the case,

but now suddenly, why?

Because never before

it was needed, but now it is needed.

And finally, there can be

little doubt that energy can have

a major impact

on rebalancing relations with Russia.

Energy security and economic

stability limit Russian freedom

of action more so than any sort

of direct military to military balance.

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