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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 2021
Semestr: letní
E-Kredity: 6
Způsob provedení zkoušky: letní s.:
Rozsah, examinace: letní s.:1/1, Zk [HT]
Počet míst: neurčen / neurčen (2)
Minimální obsazenost: neomezen
Virtuální mobilita / počet míst: ne
Stav předmětu: nevyučován
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. (13.02.2020)
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 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 classes. 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 energy affairs in the political relations in the post-Soviet area.

Cíl předmětu - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Mgr. Karel Svoboda, Ph.D. (13.02.2020)

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. (06.02.2021)

UPDATE: Due to the coronavirus spread, our classes will be held via zoom at the time given in your schedule. Link: https://cesnet.zoom.us/j/99902100572?pwd=TGZhZURqcjF3QVJkOTdDeXVzOE1yZz09


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 moodle). Please note, that the topic is highly current and we should reflect on the changes in the oil and gas business. All the papers should be submitted through moodle. Any remarks or questions are welcomed! 


date presentation name
24 February 2021 independent gas producers in Russia  
3 March 2021 fracking as a technology  
10 March 2021 pricing of natural gas in the World and Europe  
17 March 2021 barter trade in Post-Soviet energies  
24 March 2021 oil and gas industry in Georgia  
31 March 2021 independent gas producers in Russia  
7 April 2021 Oil wealth or a curse?   
14 April 2021 oil and gas industry in Kyrgystan  
21 April 2021 Naftohaz - its position, tasks, weaknesses   
28 April 2021 subsidies for Belarus?   
5 May 2021 oil and gas industry in Armenia  
12 May 2021 oil and gas industry in Moldova  
oil and gas industry in Uzbekistan  
Caspian Sea status  
Požadavky ke zkoušce - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Mgr. Karel Svoboda, Ph.D. (02.02.2021)

Reading and discussion will be an 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 the author's view on a specific problem.  

UPDATE - Due to coronacrisis situation, the final exam will be placed in moodle. Questions will be based on readings, slides and class discussions - asking about explanations, understandings. 

Poslední úprava: Mgr. Karel Svoboda, Ph.D. (06.02.2021)


  topic Obligatory reading additional 
17 February 2021 introduction, main requirements, aims     
24 February 2021 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/
3 March 2021 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  
10 March 2021 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.  
17 March 2021  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  
24 March 2021 Pipelines - current and future projects, Nabucco, North Stream, South Stream,   Simon Pirani, Russian and CIS gas markets and their impact on Europe  
31 March 2021 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.
7 April 2021 no class - easter    
14 April 2021 Belarus - dependence or interdependence , 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  
21 April 2021 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  
28 April 2021  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.  
5 May 2021 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  
12 May 2021      
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