Understanding the Russo-Ukraine War: A View Across Geopolitics, History, and Law
The tragic conflict we are seeing in Ukraine is a “colossal failure in anticipating and containing threats of violence,” says Matteo Winkler, Associate Professor of International Law at HEC Paris. But there is much we can learn from it, he argues at the beginning of a DiversiTALKS* session he organized, and we must find a way to foster connections and common interest to maintain dialogue and openness. This article summarizes the key insights that Law and Geopolitics professors and businesspeople shared on 20 April 2022, as well as the testimonials of Giuseppe Graziano, Community Manager and LGBT activist who had to flee Kyiv, and Ukrainian Viktoriia Lapa, Lecturer at Bocconi University.
Ukraine/Russia: The Energy Factor
Professor of Finance and Executive Director of the Société Générale Energy & Finance Chair at HEC Paris, Jean-Michel Gauthier spoke to us on March 3, one week after Russia invaded Ukraine. Jean-Michel is a veteran of the energy business. After a start in the oil and gas industry, he moved to the energy consulting for 16 years as a partner at Deloitte. In parallel, he joined HEC Paris’ finance department in 2006. The school campus is where we discuss the dramatic events developing in Ukraine. Jean-Michel focuses on a key factor behind the conflict: the question of energy. Not just the pipelines that bring Europe 40% of its natural gas and much of its oil – but also the knock-on effects on all energy sources that prop up our global economy. He helps us understand what role energy is playing in this ongoing conflict and where these upheavals could lead the entire planet.
Alemanno: Belarus Air Intervention is “Ultimate Test” of EU Foreign Policy
The forced landing of a Ryanair airplane and the subsequent arrest of two Belarusians on May 23 has sparked a major diplomatic crisis between EU and US authorities and the Minsk government. This has led to calls for across-the-board sanctions by both Europe and the United States. But just how effective are these measures? HEC Paris Professor Alberto Alemanno shares his analysis of the stand-off and its reflections on EU foreign policy.
Can the COVID-19 Crisis Move Forward the Energy Transition?
Is the COVID-19 pandemic an opportunity for us to rethink our current energy system? Jean-Michel Gauthier, professor and Executive Director of the Energy & Finance Chair at HEC Paris, explains the global consequences of the coronavirus and paints a picture of the future of the Energy Transition right here at the heart of the European Union.
Post-Pandemic Geopolitics: Are We Heading to a New World?
During the week holiday in April 2020 at HEC Paris, where students needed to stay at home during the coronavirus pandemic, the faculty offered free videoconferences on various topics to the HEC community (students, executives, alumni, employees…). Jean-Michel Gauthier, Professor on the Education Track and Executive Director of the Energy & Finance Chair at HEC Paris shares his views on the Geopolitics after the pandemic.
Will Economic Decoupling Be the New Normal With the Coronavirus?
Fears about deglobalization and economic decoupling are not new but have grown in the wake of the coronavirus. Jeremy Ghez, Associate Professor on the Education Track at HEC Paris, explains in four big ideas what the Covid-19 outbreak means for the global business environment.
How will the attack on Saudi Aramco impact the global oil industry?
The recent attacks on oil facilities in Abqaiq and Khurais took about 5% of the global oil supply and about 70% of the Saudi export potential, out of the market. Why did the attacks fail to affect the global oil industry? Jean-Michel Gauthier, Professor at HEC Paris and Executive Director of the Energy & Finance Chair, shares his views.