The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Global Security Studies

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Energy Security Strategies

  • Aliaksandr NovikauEmail author
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Although energy security is rather a concept than a strategy, threats to energy security always start as policy problems. As Jansen and Seebregts (2010, p. 1655) formulated it, a key question of energy security strategies is: “How can population in a defined area achieve, at lowest long-term social cost, an acceptable level of certainty of meeting its needs for end-use energy services?” Thus, energy security strategies always emerge as a response to threats to energy systems. At the same time, energy security is a classic example of a “wicked” public policy problem that cannot be solved through traditional, linear strategies.

Energy Security and Strategies

Because energy threats are extremely diverse by nature, strategies aiming to prevent or mitigate them are diverse as well. The polysemic nature of energy security means that there can be no single “one-size-fits-all” energy strategy. The structure of the energy system in a country is a crucial factor that determines...


Energy security Energy policy Renewable energy 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of International Relations and Public AdministrationInternational University of SarajevoSarajevoBosnia and Herzegovina