A major challenge facing the modern world is how to meet energy needs in a complex political environment. The demand for energy is a driving force on the international arena, influencing the policies of states, providing political leverage for those who control energy supplies, and causing conflict and even war. Conflict and war, in their turn, have a profound impact on our ability to get access to energy. The Energy and Security Initiative (ESI) which was launched in January 2010, is a collaborative effort spearheaded by the Triangle Institute for Security Studies and North Carolina State University. The goal is to cross disciplinary divides so as to better understand the complex links between energy and security. Visit the ENERGY AND SECURITY WEB SITE!