Energy geopolitics in Caucasus and central Asia

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2011 (EN)
Energy geopolitics in Caucasus and central Asia (EN)

Chrysoulaki, Chrysoula (EN)

Karagiannis, As. Professor Emmanuel (EN)
Tzifakis, Lecturer Nikolaos (EN)
School of Humanities, MA in Black Sea & Eastern Mediterranean Studies (EN)
Armakolas, Lecturer Yannis (EN)

The present thesis elaborates the subject of energy geopolitics in Caucasus and Central Asia. This research will be helpful as the political vacuum that was created in the Caspian region after the collapse of the Soviet Union combined to the development of the newly independent countries into energy actors of the regional subsystem made the construction and the transfer of the energy reserves of the region an important factor for the regional relations in Caucasus and Central Asia. The basic objective of the thesis is to analyze the present situation in the Caspian region in relation to gas energy resources and their future development and the relations of the Caspian states with each other and with important regional and international actors in order to conclude to the strategic importance of the Caspian energy reserves for the global markets and energy security. The research is based on primary sources concerning the energy reserves of the region and secondary sources of political analyses of the cooperation developed in the region both politically and economically. It focuses on gas geopolitics, as this is a less developed and analyzed topic compared to oil and the main future projects that are going to develop in the region are gas pipelines. In order to achieve the above analysis, the research is conducted within a theoretical framework concerning certain theories of International Relations (neo-realism, neo-liberalism and constructivism), which will be used as a theoretical basis for the analysis of the topic in order to provide a theoretical background of the development of the regional relations and cooperation. The present research also aims at defining the linkage between the policies implemented in the region and neo-realism, neo-liberalism and constructivism as well as at concluding to the most dominant theory implemented in the Caucasus and Central Asia. (EN)


Διεθνές Πανεπιστήμιο της Ελλάδος (EL)
International Hellenic University (EN)


School of Humanities, MA in Black Sea & Eastern Mediterranean Studies (EN)

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