The Contemporary Concept Of Energy Security


  1. Longlois-Bertrand, S.
  2. Johnston, P.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Centre for Operational Research and Analysis, Ottawa ON (CAN)
The debates over energy security in the 1970s, having burgeoned amidst the transformation of energy markets following the oil shocks, were at the time mostly based on narrow geopolitical and economic views related to the security of a reliable and affordable supply. Since then, the meaning of energy security has evolved and come to encompass a broader range of considerations. This Contract Report is intended as a survey of the debates over energy security in their contemporary form. The discussion revolves around two interrelated themes: first, the complexity of the concept of energy security and the overlapping but at times disparate debates that occur around the concept; second, the differing policy interventions that follow from attempts to render energy more "secure". The purpose of this Report is to highlight how the politics surrounding the concept of energy security in a contemporary setting influence policy intervention(s), and the implications of the policy choices therein. Given the persistent saliency of energy security in public and political debates in recent years, it is crucial to find ways for coherent discussions over comprehensive sets of policy choices to take place and help deal with this issue.

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Geopolitics;International politics;Carter doctrine;Climate change;Energy security;Nuclear power;OPEC;Dependence
Report Number
DRDC-CORA-CR-2010-148 — Contractor Report
Date of publication
01 Jul 2010
Number of Pages
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