Webinar: Germany’s Pipeline Dilemma: Navalny and Nord Stream 2

When
07-10-2020 from 16:00 to 17:30
Where
Zoom webinar
Language
English
Organizer
Thijs Van de Graaf
Contact
Thijs.Vandegraaf@UGent.be
Website
https://webappsx.ugent.be/eventManager/events/AVIPdebate
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The German government has long maintained that Nord Stream 2 is a pure ‘commercial project’ but in the wake of the Navalny affair...

Navalny posterThe poisoning of Russian opposition leader Aleksei A. Navalny has revived a long-simmering debate about a nearly-finished Russian natural-gas pipeline to Europe. The proposed Nord Stream 2 pipeline is designed to ship natural gas directly from Russia to Germany along the bottom of the Baltic Sea, but the megaproject has run into significant delay due to US sanctions. The German government has long maintained that Nord Stream 2 is a pure ‘commercial project’ but in the wake of the Navalny affaire it is facing increasing calls to reconsider its position. Is Berlin likely to change its position? What are the geopolitical and economic risks and benefits of completing the final stretches of the 1.230 km pipeline? What interests are at stake for Moscow, Washington, Berlin and Kyiv? How will this episode play into longer-term EU-Russia and transatlantic relations?

These and other questions will be dealt with in an upcoming webinar, hosted by the Ghent Institute for International Studies and the Ghent Russia Platform.

Speakers include Dr. Kirsten Westphal, German Institute for International and Security Affairs (Berlin), and Dr. Benjamin L. Schmitt, Harvard University and former European Energy Security Advisor to the US State Department (2015-2019). The online debate will be moderated by Prof. Thijs Van de Graaf (Ghent University).

 

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