In this course we consider problems of national energy policy in selected European and Eurasian states. Three research teams of up to six students each work on a problem of energy policy presented by one of three outside partners, or "clients" that "contract" for research or policy deliverables.
This semester's topics and clients include:
1. China's Belt and Road: Energy aspects in the Caspian and Central Asian Regions
Client: Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP), The German Institute for International and Security Affairs, with Dr. Kirsten Westphal, Senior Associate, Global Issues
Negotiations are now ongoing with two sponsors (to be finalised in mid-January):
2. Ukrainian Gas-Sector Reform, the Transit Contract Crisis with Moscow and EU Energy Security*Client: A Berlin-based institute working closely with Ukrainian NGOs in Kyiv.
3. A European energy-security and geopolitical policy issue*
Client: Brussels department/think-tank associated with the Commission (finalization has been delayed, awaiting the new Commission)*
The latter two institutions cannot be named till about mid-January, when agreements are finalised.
ORGANISATION AND METHODS:
About one-third of class time discusses readings and professor’s presentation; the remainder is group consultations with the instructor (viz., directed research) and group work.
Groups use electronic collaboration, via a research “notebook”, as is common in large natural- and social-science collaborations. That is, a group-blog site is used to archive and share sources, data, strategy, division of tasks, analysis, etc. The professor and clients can comment and contribute and clients meet occasionally with student groups to provide guidance, if clients' time permits.
Working with a client and managing a group’s collective dynamics and priorities are important consulting skills that will be developed.
The instructor often recommends experts to be interviewed, to supplement written sources.
Class meets every other week and office-hours consultations in off-weeks are often important.
There are due dates for drafts of reports and presentations, and for weekly updates, to obtain professor’s and clients’ comments.
This course is for 1st year MPP students only.
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