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David Dusseault
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The Aleksanteri Institute

Unioninkatu 33 (P.O. Box 42)
00014 University of Helsinki
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Programme outline

The conference programme is preliminary. Minor changes and additions are possible.

Wednesday 27 October

10:00-12:30 Registration (Info desk, entrance hall in front of the Small Hall, 4th floor)

Opening Ceremony (Small Hall)
Chair: Prof. David Dusseault, Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki
Mr. Paavo Lipponen, Prime Minister of Finland 1995-2003
Prof. Markku Kivinen, Director, Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki

13:30-14:00 Coffee

14:00-17:00 Panel Session I, Theory Panel Session (Small Hall)
Session I: Russia’s Energy Policy: National, Interregional & Global Dimensions I
Chair: Pami Aalto
Pami Aalto: Towards a Social-structurationist Approach to Russian Energy Policy
Markku Kivinen: Public and Business Actors in Russia’s Energy Policy
David Dusseault: Russia’s East: Oil, Gas and the Expectations for a New El-Dorado
Discussant: Alexey Gromov

Session II: Russia’s Energy Policy: National, Interregional & Global Dimensions II (Small Hall)
Chair: Pami Aalto
Hanna Smith: Russian Foreign Policy and Energy: the Case of Nordstream Gas Pipeline
Mikko Palonkorpi: Russia’s Energy Policy and the Energy Chains in Central Asia / Caucasus
Corey Johnson: A Splintered Heartland: Russia, Europe, and the Geopolitics of Networked Energy Infrastructure
Discussant: Michael Bradshaw

17:00-17:15 Break

17:15-18:15 Plenary Session I: Energy Strategy up to Period 2030: Questions, Troubles, Risks (Small Hall)
Chair: Simon-Eerik Ollus, Chief Economist, Fortum Corporation
Dr. Alexey Gromov, Deputy General Director, Institute of Energy Strategy, Ministry of Energy RF

19:00 onwards Reception at the Helsinki City Hall

Thursday 28 October

Panel Session II, Resource Structures

Parallel Panel I: Coexistence of Russian Hydrocarbon Extraction & Marginalised Livelihoods: Theory & Practice (aud XV)
Chair: Florian Stammler
Nina Messtyb
: The Perception of Coexistence with the Gas Industry among Reindeer Herders in W. Siberia
Stephan Dudek: Between the Forest & Industrial Barracks: Shifting Belongings among Taiga Residents on Russia’s Largest Oil Deposits
Arthur Mason
: Comparative Research of Social Coordination on Russian Arctic Gas Development
Discussant: David Dusseault

Parallel Panel II: Institutional Structures & the Energy Trade (aud XII)
Chair: Oleg Zakataev
Irina Petruca: Russia’s Role on the International Oil Market
Tatiana Shaldenkova
: Fuel and Energy Complex: the Spatial Dimension
Inese Stepina: Divergent Interests and Sources of EU Energy Security Concerns: View from the European Court of Justice
Discussant: Iikka Korhonen

09.45-11.15 Panel Session II, Resource Structures (Cont.)
Panel III: Russian Energy Sector from a Regional Perspective (aud XII)
Chair: Florian Stammler
Dmitry Melnikov: Minimisation of Geopolitical Conflicts at Development of the Gas Deposits in Yamalo-Nenets Region of Russia with the States of the Arctic Council
Douglas Rogers: The Social & Cultural Faces of Russian Energy: How Energy Sector Corporate Responsibility Projects are Remaking Politics & Society
David Dusseault: Socio-economic Development in Sakha Republic (Yakutia)
Discussant: Florian Stammler

11:15-11:30 Break

11:30-12:30 Plenary Session II: A New Energy Age in Pacific Russia: Lesson from the Sakhalin Oil and Gas Projects (Small Hall)
Chair: Prof. Pami Aalto, Director of the Jean Monnet European Centre of Excellence, University of Tampere
Prof. Michael Bradshaw, Department of Geography, University of Leicester

12:30-13:30 Lunch break

13:30-15:00 Panel Session III, Financial Structures

Panel I: Resource Curse & Post-Soviet Eurasia (aud XII)
Chair: Vladimir Gel’man
Andrey Scherbak: The Impact of the "Oil Shock" on the Post-Soviet Regime Changes
Andrey Zaostrovtsev: Oil Boom: Is it Devastating to theProperty Rights?
Vladimir Gel’man: The Logic of Crony Capitalism: Big Oil, Big Politics, & Big Business in Russia
Nikolay Dobronravin
: Oil, Gas, Transit and Boundaries: "Transport Curse" in Post-Soviet Eurasia
Discussant: Laura Solanko

Panel II: Russia's Role in Evolving Eurasian Gasmarkets (aud XV)
Chair: Xu Liu
Roman Vakulchuk: The Concept of Energy Security: State & Business Perspectives
Vitaly Protasov: Russia in the Eurasian Gas Supply: the Need for Competitive Advantages
Vladimir Paramonov: Russia’s Projects & Investments in Central Asian Oil and Gas Industry
Gulmira Rzayeva
: How Long Will the Russian Gas Monopoly in the European Market Last?
Discussant: Markku Kivinen

15:00-15:15 Break

15:15-16:15 Plenary Session III
: Russia’s Energy Policy in the Far East and East Siberia (Small Hall)
Chair: Markku Kangaspuro, Director of Research, Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki
Prof. Shinichiro Tabata, Slavic Research Centre, University of Hokkaido, Japan

16:15-16:35 Coffee

Panel Session IV, Institutional Structures

Parallel Panel I: Russian Energy Companies & the Russian Institutional System (aud XV)
Chair: Veli-Pekka Tynkkynen
Jonas Grätz: Corporate Status in Russia and Its Implications for Oil and Gas Companies’ Strategy
Ingerid M. Opdahl: Russian Energy Companies in the Former Soviet Union: How Do Their Policies Connect to Russian Foreign Policy?
Indra Øverland: The Implications of the TNK-BP Case for How Russian Policy on Foreign Companies Is Formed
Margarita Balmaceda
: Domestic Contradictions, Foreign Policy Levers and Trans-border Rent- Seeking: The Domestic Russian Background to the Role of Energy in Relations with Ukraine, Belarus and Lithuania
Discussant: Jakub Godzimirski

Parallel Panel II: Energy of the North: from Arctic towards the Northern Dimension (aud XII)
Chair: Irina Zeleneva
Maria Lagutina: Political Aspect of EU-Russia Cooperation in Energy Sphere: the Nord Stream Case
Nadezhda Kharlampieva: Transnational Area of the Arctic Region: an Institutional Analysis
Andrey Shadurskiy:
Discussant: Olga Garanina

18:15-19:45 Panel Session IV, Institutional Structures (Cont.)
Panel III: Energy of the International Level: Interdependence or Sum Zero Games? (aud XV)
Chair: Sari Autio-Sarasmo
Andres Mäe: Vulnerability of Interdependent Energy Relations
Alexandra Prodromidou: State-business Relations in the Russian Oil & Gas Sectors & Their Impact on Russian Foreign Energy Policy in Central Asia
Karel Svoboda: Gazprom's Pricing Policy
Jan Sir
: Clearing the way for Nabucco? Azerbaijan in Turkmenistan’s Foreign Policy
Discussant: Markku Kivinen

Friday 29 October

Plenary Session IV: Russia’s Energy Policy in the Black Sea Region:
The Implications of Change (Small Hall)
Chair: Researcher Hanna Smith, Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki
Mr. James Sherr, Senior Fellow, Russia & Eurasia Programme, Chatham House, London, UK

09:30-09:45 Break

09:45-11:15 Panel Session V, Informational Structures

Panel I: Challenges of the Russian Energy Strategy to 2030 (aud XV)
Chair: Martin Åberg
Alexey Gromov: How Russian May Become Less Energy Dependent
Susanne Oxenstierna: Russia – a Nuclear Energy Superpower?
Laura Solanko
: Russian Electricity Reform
Discussant: Margarita Balmaceda

11:15-12:45 Panel Session  V, Informational Structures (Cont.)

Parallel Panel II: Russian Media, Business & State (aud XV)
Chair: Jukka Pietiläinen
Katja Koikkalainen: Corporate Reputation and Media in Russia
Jukka Pietiläinen: Gazprom and the Other Energy Companies as Media Owners
Dmitry Strovsky
: Is Authoritarian Power Blossoming? Following the Economic Transformation of the Russian Media in the 2000s
Discussant: Florian Toepfl

Parallel Panel III: Deconstucting Russia's Energy Strategy (aud XIII)
Chair: Irina Ochirova
Jack Sharples: The Social Construction of Russia's External Gas Policy
Deniz Erdem: Natural Gas Import Dynamics and Russia's Role in the Security of Germany's Supply Strategy
Veli-Pekka Tynkkynen: Nuclear & Renewable Energy in the Russian Energy Discourse
Discussant: Hanna Smith

12:45-13:45 Lunch break

13:45-14:45 Plenary Session V: The Strategic Perspective: Is There Such a Concept as Energy Security? (Small Hall)
Chair: Prof. Markku Kivinen, Director of the Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki
Prof. Shoujun Cui, Renmin National University, Beijing, China

14:45-15:15 Coffee

15:15-16:45 Panel Session VI, Global Considerations: National Models of Energy Security: In Search of  a Common Denominator (aud XII)
Chair: Sergei Sutyrin
Nikita Lomagin: Russia’s Model of Energy Security
Liudmila Popova: Chinese Model of Energy Security: Concepts and Components
Vladimir Sherov-Ignatiev: International Energy Cooperation and Regional Integration
Elena Efimova
: Denmark’s Energy Policy: Is the Small Countries’ Experience Applicable for Large Scale Economies?
Discussant: Pami Aalto

16:45-18:30 Parallel Roudtables

Roundtable I: Central Asia Round Table (aud XII)
Chair: Ian Pryde
Bahram Dordi Gray: Russia’s Rule in Central Asia’s Oil and Gas Exports: Case of Turkmenistan TBC
Kurmanali Matikeev/ Sairagul Matikeeva: Russian Energy Policy in Central Asia and Its Impacts for Kyrgyzstan: Political and Economicial Aspects TBC
Hooman Peimani: Russia & Energy Exports of Land-locked Central Asian States: The Challenge of Maintaining Influence in Multipolar World
Mirela Marcu: Russia’s Role in Eurasia’s Energy Complex
Seyed Behzad Akhlaghi: Energy Security & Democracy, towards the Future
Enayatollah Yazdani
: Big Oil Brother of Central Asia: The Role of Russia in the Region’s Energy TBC
Discussant: Vladimir Paramonov

Roundtable II: Inter-regional Roundtable (aud XV)
Chair: Jakub Godzimirski
Muhittin Tolga Ozsaglam: Russian Energy Policy & Its Impact on Russia-Turkey Relations
Cagri Erdem: Geopolitics & Energy Security in the Wider Black Sea Region: Russian Energy Policy toward Neighbouring Countries
Alin Codoban: The Black Sea Geopolitics: Russian & European Energy Competition
Kamran Zia Sheikholeslami: A New Kind of Energy Security
Dicle Korkmaz
: European/ Eurasian Energy Security: from Vulnerability to Viability and Sustainability
Discussant: James Sherr

18:30-19:15 Closing Ceremony: Looking Back, Moving Forward: Trajectories for Continuing Research on the Russian Energy Sector (Small Hall)
Chair: Minister Jaakko Iloniemi
Prof. David Dusseault, Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki


The conference reception will be held at the Helsinki City Hall (address: Pohjoisesplanadi 11-13) on Wednesday on 27 October at 19:00.

The participants will be guided from the lobby of the University Main Building (address: Unioninkatu 34), to the City Hall by the conference organisers. The meeting with the organisers is scheduled to take place at 18:30.