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Energy special: The main security risk for Europe

Barring a Saudi crisis, the Gulf is not the worry—instead it is Moscow

By Simon Henderson   April 2011

What is energy security?  Not having to queue for petrol?  Not having to pay too much?  Not being vulnerable to shortages of natural gas?  Never having a power failure? It is all these and more.

How does a country achieve energy security?  There are many answers. Some would argue that it has been achieved when there is no need to import energy, particularly oil. A refinement (or perhaps a debasement) of this argument is that the oil should not have to come from the Middle East. Having a range of energy sources—oil, gas, coal, nuclear, hydro, solar, wind, biomass—would seem…

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