Russian Energy Security and Foreign Policy Portal on Eastern and Central Europe and the Balkans (PECOB)

London Routledge, Paolo Sorbello
2007 Baev   unpublished
all attempted to address this link in a scientific manner. Currently, various dissertations are being written on the topic, regarding case studies chiefly of Russia and the Former Soviet Union (FSU). The approach taken by the editors is innovative. Their near-exhaustive consideration of the relevant variables and their success in gathering leading experts of the geographic area and subject matter should be noted. The diversity among the contributors is most welcomed as well: European, American,
more » ... European, American, and Russian academics and businessmen were involved in the project, which culminated in this book after a series of conferences and roundtables. The subdivision of the book into three main parts helps fulfill the promise of approaching the theme from all perspectives. The first part serves as the backbone of the analysis. Umbach considers the diverging interests in the area; Tompson addresses the interplay between economics, law, and politics in the hydrocarbon markets; Guillet stresses the distorted method that political actors follow when envisioning the construction of a pipeline; Crandall reverses the lenses and focuses on the export options for Central Asian gas. The second part aims to explain the dynamics in each bilateral relationship between Russia and those among its southern neighbours that are net exporters of energy. Milov puts the Russo-Turkmen relation into perspective, emphasising the double-edged dependency of each country on the other's transportation system. The other two Central Asian energy exporters, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, are analysed by Brill Olcott and Monaghan, granting the reader an in-depth account of their relations with Russia. Baev considers Azerbaijan, a key state in the Caucasus both for energy relations with Europe and the Middle East, and for the security implications of its role south of the Caucasian range. The third part considers a broad scope of issues that can be summarised as the implications of Russia's behavior in the Central Asia and Caucasus Region (CACR). Grigoriev highlights the role of Gazprom in the formation of Russian foreign energy policy and the possible divergence between the two; Roberts takes into account the Russo