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This paper argues that energy diplomacy should and must rise to the top of the political agenda to defuse potential conflicts and ensure reliable and uninterrupted supply. In a dangerous world, both the critical energy infrastructure and critical national infrastructure are Europe’s soft underbelly. EU and NATO militaries need to plan to reduce their hydrocarbon dependence now. In that way they will ensure that they do not become hostage to supply disruptions, whilst at the same time reducing their carbon footprint and helping to preserve the environment.