In the News: Pollak on European energy security; Rishe on Rams and L.A.; Farish in STLMag

| September 11, 2014
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Webster Vienna international relations professor Johannes Pollak discusses European energy security with Austrian national broadcaster ORF.

Vienna’s Pollak Discusses European Energy Security on ORF

Johannes Pollak, professor of International Relations in the College of Arts & Sciences at Webster University Vienna, was interviewed this week by Austrian national broadcaster ORF on the topic of European energy security in the wake of the Ukraine-Russia crisis. The topic is of increasing concern, raising questions about how the current crisis will affect the supply and price of gas now and in the future.

Pollak argued that there is no reasonable short-term alternative to Russian gas for Europe, but that by investing in infrastructure and enhanced diversification, Europe could reach out for long-term alternatives. This could include cooperation with Turkey in order to access Middle East gas resources, and more substantial investments in infrastructure and research in the renewables sector. In Pollak’s view, however, Russia cannot be expected to cut off European gas supply for two reasons: First, Russia has a long tradition of respecting its energy contracts – even during the Cold War period. Second, the Russian economy needs the revenue of its European gas and oil sales.

For more on this topic, consult the policy brief coauthored by Pollak and fellow Webster Vienna IR professors Elina Brutschin and Samuel R. Schubert.

Sports Economics: Rishe on Prospect of Rams Move

Could the NFL’s St. Louis Rams move back to Los Angeles? With their lease about to expire at the Edward Jones Dome in downtown St. Louis and talk of the league helping build a stadium in L.A., Webster University professor of economics Patrick Rishe says it’s a real possibility. NBC affiliate KSDK spoke with Rishe, who is a sports economics expert and teaches in Webster’s George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology:

“What’s been discussed behind the scenes is the NFL contributing 50-60 percent if not more of the financing for a new facility. This is something that is unprecedented, and it would make football in L.A. a reality.”

Read more and watch the segment at Rishe was also recently interviewed by NPR about why the league is looking to return to the Los Angeles market.

Farish Featured in St. Louis Magazine; Sept. 15 Reading at Tavern of Fine Arts

Murray Farish, assistant professor of English and teacher of creative writing in the College of Arts & Sciences, was featured in a Q&A with St. Louis Magazine about his new collection of short stories, Inappropriate Behavior.

Discussing some of the characters in his stories, Farish explained:

“I’m obsessed with people who cross lines and know the things they’re doing are wrong, but they think somehow they can make it right or crossing that line will make right whatever is wrong in their lives.”

Farish will be part of an upcoming River Styx reading event along with Cleveland poet and novelist Amit Majmudar on Sept. 15 at 7 p.m. at the Tavern of Fine Arts (313 Belt,, a wine bar and café.

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