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Předmět, akademický rok 2018/2019
Oil and Gas in the Post Soviet Area - JMM460
Anglický název: Oil and Gas in the Post Soviet Area
Zajišťuje: Katedra ruských a východoevropských studií (23-KRVS)
Fakulta: Fakulta sociálních věd
Platnost: od 2016
Semestr: letní
Body: 6
E-Kredity: 6
Způsob provedení zkoušky: letní s.:
Rozsah, examinace: letní s.:1/1 Zk [hodiny/týden]
Počet míst: neurčen / neurčen (15)
Minimální obsazenost: neomezen
Stav předmětu: vyučován
Jazyk výuky: angličtina
Způsob výuky: prezenční
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Garant: Mgr. Karel Svoboda, Ph.D.
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Anotace - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Mgr. Karel Svoboda, Ph.D. (14.02.2018)
In his "The Quest", Daniel Yergin analyses the complexity of the world of energy resources. Plainly said, what happens in one part of the world may impact developments in the other parts. This "butterfly effect" has its unquestionable consequences also for separate regions, including the post-Soviet. The course therefore concentrates on the developments in this part of the world.
The aim of the course is to explore the problems of oil and gas extraction and trading in the area of the Post-Soviet space in its broadness and various perspectives, political, economic and also technical. We will try to seek the systemic explanations, critically evaluate short and long term trends. What is the impact of new technologies on the post-Soviet space? Why it is so hard to predict future developments even if we possess advanced analytical tools? What is the role of Russian energy companies? Is China a game changer? What is the role of the European Union?
The choice of the readings will be subjected to the changing nature of the energy sphere. Although the papers are placed in the SIS, they might change with the changing situation. Therefore, please, be careful to check the valid paper for each of the class. I will try to keep the readings up to date as possible. Students should not expect that they will become energy specialists.
After finishing this course, students should be able to understand the developments in the oil and gas markets, the problems of negotiations, policy choices. In a broader sense, students should understand also the role of the energy affairs in the political relations in the post-Soviet area.

Cíl předmětu - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Mgr. Karel Svoboda, Ph.D. (04.02.2019)

The aim of the course is to present the situation with the energy commodities in the post-Soviet Space. The course should provide an introduction to the topic in general (technical characteristics, oil and gas trading) and then give an overview of the situation in separate states. 

Literatura - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Mgr. Karel Svoboda, Ph.D. (04.02.2019)

General (mandatory)

Smil, Vaclav, Natural Gas: Fuel for the 21st Century, John Wiley and Sons, 2015 

Nersesian, Roy E., Energy for the 21st Century: A Comprehensive Guide to Conventional and Alternative Sources (Armonk: M.E.Sharpe, 2010) 


Region related (additional)

Pirani, Simon (ed.) Russian and CIS Gas Markets and their Impact on Europe (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008).

Gomart, Thomas a Adrian Dellecker. Russian energy security and foreign policy. New York: Routledge, 2011

Overland, Indra, Kjærnet, Heidi a Kendall-Taylor, Andrea. Caspian energy politics: Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan. Milton Park: Routledge, c2010

Sixsmith, Martin. Putin's oil: the Yukos affair and the struggle for Russia [online]. New York: Continuum, 2010

Aalto, Pami. The EU-Russian energy dialogue: Europe's future energy security. Aldershot: Ashgate, c2008

Godzimirski, Jakub M. Russian energy in a changing world: what is the outlook for the hydrocarbons superpower? [online]. 1 online resource (218 pages).

Wyciszkiewicz, Ernest. Geopolitics of pipelines: energy interdependence and inter-state relations in the post-Soviet area. Warsaw: The Polish Institute of International Affairs, 2009



Neftegazovaya vertikal (in Russian)

Petroleum Economist

Oil and Gas Journal


Further readings:











for more news, especially in relation to market developments, follow Bloomberg, Reuters and other general economic journals


Metody výuky - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Mgr. Karel Svoboda, Ph.D. (25.02.2019)

Students are expected to read the papers and discuss the matters during the class. Please, follow the syllabus for up to date readings (some of them are provided via links, some by the readings part in the sis). Please note, that the topic is highly current and we should reflect the changes in the oil and gas business. Any remarks or questions are welcomed! 


date presentation name
22 February 2019    
1 March 2019 fracking as a technology Leo Burda
8 March 2019 pricing of natural gas in the World and Europe  
15 March 2019 barter trade in Post-Soviet energies  
22 March 2019 oil and gas industry in Georgia  
  oil and gas industry in Moldova  
29 March 2019 Oil wealth or curse?  Anna Jordanova
5 April 2019 oil and gas industry in Kyrgystan  
12 April 2019 midterm  
19 April 2019 no class  
26 April 2019 independent gas producers in Russia  
  oil and gas industry in Armenia  
3 May 2019 Naftohaz - its position, tasks, weaknesses  Jan Juráš 
10 May 2019 subsidies for Belarus?   
17 May 2019 oil and gas industry in Uzbekistan  
  Caspian Sea status  
Požadavky ke zkoušce - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Mgr. Karel Svoboda, Ph.D. (14.02.2018)

Reading and discussion will be the essential part of our work. Students should be able to formulate their thoughts based on the reading. The papers will be placed in the SIS, some of them via links directly to the document.  

Each student should have an oral presentation (approx. 15 minutes long), on an agreed topic. The presentation should bring author's view on a specific problem.  

Students should also write a paper of 2000-2500 words (excluding references, list of literature, footnotes etc.) on the topic agreed with the lecturer before March 15th. The paper should not be on the same topic (or country) as the presentation. It should follow the rules of academic writing; include references, list of literature etc.  The paper should be argumentative ('in the paper, I argue that crocodiles are vegetarians...' or something of this sort). 

Poslední úprava: Mgr. Karel Svoboda, Ph.D. (04.02.2019)


  topic Obligatory reading additional 
22 February 2019 introduction, main requirements, aims     
1 March 2019 Energy basics, Oil, Gas, Electricity. Long-term contracts vs. spot markets, sorts of oil. Unconventional sources of gas, oil. Robert R. Nersesian, Energies for the 21st Century, 2nd edition, 2010, http://site.ebrary.com/lib/cuni/docDetail.action?docID=10425389, chapter 7.  http://www.financemagnates.com/forex/analysis/understanding-natural-gas-market-part-i-the-basics/
8 March 2018 International establishment of Oil and Gas trade, business cycle, investments,  pricing Jeffrey D. Wilson (2015) Multilateral Organisations and the Limits to International Energy Cooperation, New Political Economy, 20:1, 85-106  
15 March 2019 Post Soviet energies - past developments, general characteristics, oil and gas trading, energy efficiency Stacy Closson, A comparative analysis on energy subsidies in Soviet and Russian policy, Communist and Post-Communist Studies, Volume 44, Issue 4, December 2011, Pages 343-356, ISSN 0967-067X, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.postcomstud.2011.10.009.  
22 March 2019  Main deposits - oil and gas, history of extraction, extraction costs. Shale gas in the post-Soviet space.   Oil Field Decline Rates: The Ebb and Flow Rates of World Oil Supply, February 2013, 85-124  
29 March 2019 Pipelines - current and future projects, Nabucco, North Stream, South Stream,   Simon Pirani, Russian and CIS gas markets and their impact on Europe  
5 April 2019 Midterm     
12 April 2019 Russia as an energy superpower? State-business relations in oil and gas, Gazprom, Yukos, Lukoil, Energy strategy,   1. Peter Rutland (2015) Petronation? Oil, gas, and national identity in Russia, Post-Soviet Affairs, 31:1, 66-8 2. Does the cancellation of South Stream signal a fundamental reorientation of Russian gas export policy? Jonathan Stern, Simon Pirani, Katya Yafimava, OIES 2015  Anders Åslund, Russia’s Energy Policy: A Framing Comment, Eurasian Geography and Economics, 2006, 47, No.3, pp. 321-328.
19 April 2019 no class - Easter  
25 April 2019 Belarus - special relations with Russia, crises, oil refineries, customs regime Margarita M. Balmaceda (2014) Energy policy in Belarus: authoritarianresilience, social contracts, and patronage in a post-Soviet environment, Eurasian Geography, and Economics, 55:5, 514-536  
3 May 2019 Ukraine - specifics of Ukrainian energy sector, Relations with Russia, 2006 and 2009 crises. Prospects of other development Edward Chow & Jonathan Elkind (2009) Where East Meets West: European Gas and Ukrainian Reality, The Washington Quarterly, 32:1, 77-92  
10 May 2019 Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan) - China, Russia, EU quest for supplies Simon Pirani, http://www.qclub.org.ua/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/central-asian-and-caspian-gas-production-and-the-constraints-on-export.pdf  
17 May 2019  Caspian Sea area - Azerbaijan and Russian involvement http://www.oxfordenergy.org/2012/12/central-asian-and-caspian-gas-production-and-the-constraints-on-export/ter 5.  
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