New study on Energy Diplomacy released
The document was presented during the round table discussion “Diplomatic Front. Ways of Improving the Energy Security”, which was organized by the committees of Verkhovna Rada (the Committee on Fuel and Energy Complex and the Committee on Foreign Affairs).
The study was aimed at exploring examples of energy diplomacy policies used by the U.S. and countries in the E.U., as well as an assessment of the role of international organizations, treaties, and think tanks in shaping energy diplomacy.
“The task of energy diplomacy in the public discourse is almost reduced to a single issue – security of energy supply: natural gas, nuclear fuel, coal. However, attraction of foreign investment, promotion of business interests, neutralization of threats, and development of the new platforms for international cooperation are among the key tasks of our external energy policy as well”, – says Roman Nitsovych, Program Manager of Dixi Group, “We explored the experience of the U.S. and the EU, and some particular cases of successful coordination of different government authorities in order to find out new ways for promotion of Ukraine’s interests in the world”.
This policy brief is actually an introduction to the Strategy of Energy Diplomacy of Ukraine, which has been developed by the group of experts and to be presented in the nearest future. The representatives of the Ministry of Energy and Coal Industry initiated this project at the end of 2015. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the International Renaissance Foundation supported the Working Group on the development of strategy to promote Ukraine on the foreign energy markets.
This report has been created under the Ukrainian Think Tank Development Initiative, implemented by the International Renaissance Foundation (IRF) in partnership with the Think Tank Fund (TTF) and funded by the Embassy of Sweden in Ukraine (SIDA).
DiXi Group would like to express deep gratitude to Mykhailo Bno-Airiian for coordination of our work on the document and to the Fulbright Program fellow Zoe Ripecky for her precious help in developing this policy brief.