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Home > Events > Conferences > Debate and Presentation „Nordic-Baltic Security in Times of Uncertainty: The Defence-Energy Nexus”, Lublin

Debate and Presentation „Nordic-Baltic Security in Times of Uncertainty: The Defence-Energy Nexus”, Lublin

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09 March 2018

On March 9 the second conference from the series of meetings promoting the joint PISM/NUPI project titled Nordic-Baltic Security in Times of Uncertainty: The Defence-Energy Nexus was held in Lublin. In his opening remarks, the Head of the PISM Research Office - Bartosz Wiśniewski - said that the aim of the conference in Lublin was to spread information about the project beyond the capital city of Warsaw and engage in dialogue with academics. The event was organized in cooperation with the UMCS East Europe Centre and the UMCS Political Science Faculty to exchange the views about the project findings with scholars and students. The goal of the project is to create a platform for Polish and Norwegian government officials, scholars, and experts to exchange knowledge, experience and ideas. The conference was divided into two parts: security and energy. In the first panel moderated by dr Marcin Terlikowski, emphasis was placed on Russian military presence in the Baltic region. Wojciech Lorenz a security expert discussed the changes in Russian security strategy towards the West. Following this, prof dr hab. Walenty Baluk and dr Kuba Olchowski from UMCS pointed out that the European security system is under threat from an actor which dislikes the status quo and is trying  to redefine its position as a superpower in this region. Dr hab. Agnieszka Legucka summarised the Russian myths, one which related to interdependence between the EU and Russia, which doesn’t always provide a positive effect and peaceful policy. The next panel moderated by dr Aleksandra Gawlikowska-Fyk focused on energy cohesion in the Baltic region. The Polish perspective was delivered by dr Justyna Misiągiewicz and the Norwegian by the representative from NUPI, prof Jakub Godzimirski. In his opinion, Norway sees energy policy from a commercial perspective, but since 2014 has started to consider Russia as a security game-changer. All of the panellists agreed that Germany plays a significant role in the European energy system. Dr Mariusz Ruszel pointed out that Germany is aiming to become a European energy hub providing cheaper gas from Russia and electricity (in the future) from Norway. At the end of the panel, Bartosz Bieliszczuk completed the Russian energy strategy concept from the perspective of Putin’s elites. 

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