The United States and Germany must both confront the global implications of a rising global population and increasing urbanization.  Finding an approach to powering our societies that reduces our reliance on fossil fuels will be imperative, as the need for global transport and other energy-intensive uses will continue to increase in the coming decades. However, …Read More

Energy security has become a major concern for the transatlantic community in the twenty-first century. In Europe, Russia’s seizure of the Crimean peninsula has renewed focus on the European Union’s energy policy. Germany has been a leader in the field, with a long-term strategy (the Energiewende) that started well before the Fukushima crisis in 2011 …Read More

Figure 1: Presidents Rouhani of Iran and Putin of Russia holding discussions  Since Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin, decided to annex Crimea and back east Ukrainian separatists with troops, many have worried he might use his “energy weapon” to counter U.S.-EU sanctions, as Russia supplies around a third of the EU’s natural gas imports.  But what …Read More