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Russian foreign energy policy conduct in the oil and gas sectors: a case study of the Caspian region 1991-2008

Prodromidou, Alexandra (2011)
Ph.D. thesis, University of Birmingham.

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This thesis explores the continuities and change in the conduct of Russian foreign policy in the Caspian region in the period 1991-2008 with the central focus set on the inclusion of energy both as a tool and one of the main targets of Russian foreign policy during the Putin administration. More specifically it looks at the impact that the choice to establish Russia as an energy superpower based mainly on its oil and gas sectors during this period had on the conduct of Russian foreign policy in the Caspian region. The central research question is how Russian oil and gas companies are used as foreign policy tools in the conduct of Russian foreign energy policy within the current foreign energy policy framework and to what end. The argument of this thesis is based on the hypothesis that the Russian state uses its oil and gas companies in order to infiltrate the Central Asian energy markets and assert its economic hegemony in the region through a web of legal and contractual monopolies aiming at maintaining Russia’s economic hegemony in the Caspian and contributing to one of Russia’s main energy policy priority of becoming an influential player in the global energy markets.

Type of Work:Ph.D. thesis.
Supervisor(s):Averre, Derek and Cooper, Julian M
School/Faculty:Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Social Sciences
Department:Centre for Russian and East European Studies, School of Goverment and Society
Subjects:DK Russia. Soviet Union. Former Soviet Republics
HD Industries. Land use. Labor
HF Commerce
JZ International relations
Institution:University of Birmingham
ID Code:3151
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