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ELIAMEP Thesis 2/2010:EU energy security and Russia: a re-conceptualization of threats and policy priorities

In the latest issue of ELIAMEP Thesis, Filippos Proedrou,  Lecturer of Politics and International Relations in City College, Thessaloniki, argues that while the global economic crisis has overshadowed most policy-making within the Eurozone, energy security remains a major issue, where Russia holds a special weight. The present ELIAMEP Thesis examines the discourse in EU policy-making circles with regard to Russia and its role as a natural gas provider, on the presumption that whilst the oil market is global, natural gas markets are regional. Although LNG creates potential for the creation of a global gas market, gas trade remains, basically, pipeline-bound and shortages can thus not easily be substituted by other sources. Hence, EU-Russia gas trade carries more weight within their bilateral relationship. This essay aims to clarify the misperceptions haunting EU energy policy and to suggest a more rational working framework. Such a re-conceptualization carries with it major revisions for EU energy policy-making.

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Filippos Proedrou, EU energy security and Russia: a re-conceptualization of threats and policy priorities, ELIAMEP Thesis 2/2010, April 2010

Filippos Proedrou

Lecturer of Politics and International Relations in City College, Thessaloniki

 
 
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