Competition and cooperation over the control of Eurasian natural resources will profoundly influence world politics in the 21st century. Crucial issues include the future of the Russo-European oil & gas trade, Russia’s “energy pivot” to Asia, the recent the LNG and shale gas “revolutions”, the recurring geopolitical crises in the post-Soviet space and the Middle East, the great opportunities and the huge profits generated by the energy sector, the use of “energy weapons” and levers, and the pursuit of environmental and economical sustainability.
The ENERPO program is designed to meet the growing interest in these challenges, and considers the importance of these issues for both policy makers and the energy business. Its innovative curriculum combines the perspectives of energy politics, security studies, and political economy, and benefits from first hand expertise in the Eurasian energy sector through the ENERPO Workshop Series. ENERPO is the only English-language MA programme in Russia that focuses specifically on Eurasian energy affairs, thus making it a unique program in both the Russian and international academic landscape.
ENERPO develops the expertise of promising “energy bridge-builders and diplomats” in a broad sense, as its students have the opportunity to study energy international relations in the most open, independent and cosmopolitan academic environment in Russia—the European University at St. Petersburg (EUSP). All courses are taught in English, while students also have the opportunity to improve their command of the Russian language through optional intensive classes. Outside the classroom, our students will familiarize themselves with Russian politics, society, and culture, and by doing so, improve their understanding of the context in with energy policy and energy trade are conducted in Russia. ENERPO thus offers international students the very best conditions in which to study Eurasian energy politics.
While energy is often perceived as a dividing and highly politicized factor in East-West international relations, ENERPO brings together different perspectives and promotes dialogue and mutual understanding. The program is fully committed to training objective and knowledgeable specialists in energy politics, with the goal of developing future cadres of international energy companies, members of public institutions, consultants, and researchers.