Russian Energy Politics and the EU: How to Change the Paradigm

Caucasian Review of International Affairs, Vol. 4, No. 2, Spring 2010

9 Pages Posted: 30 Nov 2012

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Vladimer Papava

Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University

Michael Tokmazishvili

CASE - Center for Social and Economic Research - CASE Transcaucasus

Date Written: November 29, 2012

Abstract

The article discuses Russia’s aggressive energy policy towards the EU and the former Soviet republics, with its main goal of reinforcing the country’s monopoly over the transportation of oil and, especially, gas to the West. The language of 'alternative pipelines' is used by Russia in the context of the 'Pipeline Cold War' paradigm. In reality, the energy resource users are interested in a systematic supply of these resources. This can be achieved through the diversified resource producers and development of a mutually supplementary network of pipelines. This is the idea upon which the 'Pipeline Harmonisation' paradigm is founded.

Keywords: energy politics, energy dependency, alternative pipelines, energy supply harmonisation

JEL Classification: Q41, Q48, R41

Suggested Citation

Papava, Vladimer and Tokmazishvili, Michael, Russian Energy Politics and the EU: How to Change the Paradigm (November 29, 2012). Caucasian Review of International Affairs, Vol. 4, No. 2, Spring 2010 . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2182404 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2182404

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