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Title:Selective solidarity: Russia's divide and conquer strategy and the impact on EU energy security
Author(s):Stegeman, Elizabeth
Advisor(s):Kolodziej, Ed; Cooper, David
Department / Program:Russian,E European,Eurasn Ctr
Discipline:Russian, E Eur, Eurasian St
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Energy Security
Energy Politics
Eastern Europe
European Union (EU)
Energy Policy
Abstract:Abstract Russian hydrocarbon resources are a major source of energy for the European Union, natural gas in particular. Controlling energy flow gives Russia powerful leverage and Russia continues to use this to its geo-political advantage. Although the Russian economy is heavily dependent on revenue from EU consumers, this has not prevented energy monopolies from becoming involved in diplomacy. Since President Vladimir Putin ascended to power in 2000, Russia’s energy giants have been used by the State to play a more aggressive role in influencing politics in neighboring countries. Since Poland joined the European Union in 2004, it has been vocal and influential on energy policy. Despite Poland’s contributions, a unified response to threats to European energy security is still lacking. On the contrary, Russia’s use of energy giants like Gazprom has been much more successful and in providing President Putin with a strategic advantage. This advantage has not only manifested itself in successful energy monopolies abroad, but also in Putin’s reshaping of Russian nationalism.
Issue Date:2015-01-21
Rights Information:Copyright 2014 Elizabeth Stegeman
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-01-21
Date Deposited:2014-12

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