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Why ESI?

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The Future

Energy touches every aspect of our lives. 

It is a critical resource that results from, and affects, a wide array of social, political, and natural forces.

Co-directed by NC State’s School of Public and International Affairs and Department of Nuclear Engineering, the Energy and Security Initiative aims to promote productive research and debate over the past, present, and future of energy. Working with partners at Duke University, The University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill, and North Carolina Central University as part of the Triangle Institute for Security Studies, we are particularly interested in how energy affects global, national, and human security.  This means everything from the impact of climate change to international conflict over energy, to the proliferation of dangerous energy-related technologies.

This website provides an introduction into who we are, what we hope to achieve, and the steps we’ve taken along the way.  You’ll find news about ESI-sponsored talks and other events related to energy, results from our research and that of our partners, and general energy news that might be of interest.  If you’d like to receive our newsletter, you can provide your information below.  If you have questions or comments, you can find our contact information under the “About ESI” tab at the top of the page.  For more information on past ESI events, including announcements for luncheons and video from the conferences, please visit our Recent Events under Teaching & Engagement and the Energy and Security Initiative Records provided by TISS.  We’d welcome any thoughts you might have.

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Mark T. Nance, Project Lead

Prof. Nance is an Assistant Professor in the School of Public and International Affairs at North Carolina State University and co-director of the Energy & Security Initiative. His research focuses generally on formal and informa