Nord Stream 2: Business Project or a Security Threat for Europe?

05 July 2017
Event location
DGAP, Germany
Invitation type


EU member states continue to debate the controversial plan to extend the Nord Stream project in the Baltic Sea with two new pipelines. While one side argues that it would undermine European energy security and call the EU’s Energy Union into question, others consider it a business project that could potentially improve relations with Russian leadership. Ilya Zaslavskiy will present his new policy paper, the “Kremlin’s Gas Games in Europe”, which examines Gazprom’s latest pipeline project alongside its previous pipeline projects. Zaslavskiy argues that Gazprom’s track record of acting as an arm of the Kremlin’s foreign and economic policy contradicts the image it projects as an independent, competitive firm. A panel of experts will discuss his thesis.


Ilya Zaslavskiy
Research Expert, Free Russia Foundation (Washington D.C.) 

Kirsten Westphal
Senior Associate, Research Division on Global Issues, German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP)

Andreas Goldthau
Professor of International Relations at Royal Holloway, University of London and
Associate with the Geopolitics of Energy Project at Harvard University’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs


Stefan Meister 
Head, Robert Bosch Center for Central and Eastern Europe, Russia, and Central Asia, DGAP

The event is organized by the Robert Bosch Center and will be held in English.


Program Event
Core Expertise topic