Baltic Energy Security: Tapping into the Middle East and North Africa to Create a Strategic Balance between Domestic, Regional and International Energy Resources

Ginta T. Palubinskas (George Mason University)

Reliance on Russian energy resources has left the Baltic States strategically vulnerable through the energy sector. Key to achieving Baltic energy security is the ability to diversify energy supply: finding a strategic balance between domestic, regional and international energy resources is vital to the political and economic future of the Baltic States. This paper examines steps taken by Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia toward energy diversification and assesses to what extent the Baltic States could make use of Middle Eastern and North African energy resources as a means of increasing their energy security over time.

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