1st Edition

Russian Energy Security and Foreign Policy

Edited By Adrian Dellecker, Thomas Gomart Copyright 2011

    This book provides an original and thoroughly academic analysis of the link between Russian energy and foreign policies in Eurasia, as well as offering an interpretation of Russia’s coherence on the international stage, seeking to understand Russia and explain its behaviour.

    The authors analyse both energy and foreign policies together, in order to better grasp their correlation and gain deeper understanding of broader geopolitical issues in Eurasia at a time when things could go either way—towards producers or towards consumers. Questioning the concept of ‘energy deterrence’ which aims to fuel uncertainty in Russia’s relations with its partners, as well as projecting its overall power on the international scene, this provocative volume seeks to stimulate debate on this very important issue.

    Assessing the weight that energy has in Russia’s foreign policy and in its pursuit of power on the international stage, this book will be of interest to students and scholars of international relations, energy politics, geopolitics and Russian and Central Asian Studies.

    1. Introduction: Solving the Eurasian Energy Equation Adrian Dellecker and Thomas Gomart  Part 1: Energy’s Link to Domestic and Foreign Policies  2. Energy Security in Eurasia: Clashing Interests Franz Umbach  3. Hydrocarbon Production and Exports in Central Asia: The Impact of Institutions and Politics William Tompson  4. How To Get a Pipeline Built: Myth and Reality Jérôme Guillet  5. The Role of Central Asian Gas: Is It Possible to Bypass Russia? Maureen Crandall  Part 2: Russian Foreign and Energy Relations with NIS Net Exporters  6. Ups and Downs of the Russia-Turkmenistan Relationship Vladimir Milov  7. Kazakhstan’s Oil and Gas Development: Views from Russia and Kazakhstan Martha Brill Olcott  8. Uzbekistan: Central Asian Key Andrew Monaghan  9. The Uncertain Trajectory of Russia-Azerbaijan Relations in the Multiple-Pipeline Era Pavel K. Baev  Part 3: Russian Export Policy and Relations with Transit Countries  10. Russia, Gazprom and the CAC: Interests and Relations Leonid Grigoriev  11. After the War: The Southern Corridor John Roberts  12. Brothers to Neighbors: Russia-Belarus Relations in Transit Folkert Garbe, Felix Hett, and Rainer Lindner  13. Conclusion Adrian Dellecker and Thomas Gomart


    Adrian Dellecker is Research Assistant at the Russia/NIS Center (Ifri, Paris) and holds a Masters degree from the University of Sussex (UK). His current research focuses on Russian bilateral energy relations, particularly in Central Asia and the Caspian Sea region, as well as the EU-Russia energy dialogue.

    Thomas Gomart is head of the Russian/NIS Center at Ifri (French Institute of International Relations, Paris), and the editor of the trilingual electronic collection Russie.Nei.Visions. He also teaches at the Military Academy of Saint-Cyr.

    'The strength of this book is its rigorous examination of Russia's interests in the Eurasian energy sector. This volume contributes to debates of Eurasian energy security and will be of interest to scholars of international relations, energy security and Russian studies.' Irina Kustove, University of Trento