Gas politics in Eastern Europe
This week, we're looking at the increasingly complex state of energy politics in Eastern Europe. Conflicts between Russia, which supplies much of the region's natural gas, and its neighbors are escalating. The United States government has increased sanctions on the Russian energy sector in response to the country's actions in Crimea and the Ukraine. How have markets been reacting to this? What does it mean for the area's balance of power?
Joining us this week:
- Tim Boersma, a fellow in the Energy Security Initiative at the Brookings Institution
- Brian Wingfield, a reporter for Bloomberg News who covers energy and trade
- Corey Johnson, associate professor of geography at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro