[Margarita Balmaceda] Energy Dependency, Politics

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  Margarita Balmaceda has done pioneering research into the development of energytrade in Eurasia since the collapse of communism. This book is a major contributionto our understanding of the ways in which the energy relations of the post-Sovietstates have enriched elites in both energy-producing and energy-consuming countriesat the expenseof transparency and balanced economic growth. It highlights howthe energy magnates in Russia and Ukraine are interconnected in ways thatdefyconventional concepts of national interest and sovereignty and suggests that were-examine our understanding of energy security in this strategic part of the world.(Angela Stent, Director, Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies, Georgetown University)Energy has become a major element to Russia’s attempts, under Putin, to restore itsinfluence over former Soviet territories and reaffirm itself as the dominant regional power.This book investigates how Russia has manipulated its neighbors’dependency on Russianenergy supplies to achieve its own foreign policy goals, focusing in particular on relationswith Ukraine. Based on a multitude of primary Ukrainian and Russian sources until now not brought to the attention of Western readers, it examines important events such as Russia’sJanuary 2006 suspension of gas supplies to Ukraine, and the implications for Ukraine’s“Orange Revolution,” other post-Soviet states and Western Europe. The case of Ukraine provides a taste of what might be in the horizon for other European states given Russia’s abilityand renewed willingness to use the energy weapon. However, the book goes further in showinghow domestic political conditions in the post-Soviet states may facilitate Russia’s use of energyas a foreign policy weapon, investigating the local groups that often receive significant profits from allowing Russia to control energy markets and energy transit possibilities.With European countries becoming more dependent upon Russian energy, this book will be of interest not only to Russian studies and Eastern European studies experts, but toscholars of international relations and European politics. Margarita M.Balmaceda is Associate Professor in the John C. Whitehead School of Diplomacy and International Relations, Seton Hall University, and an Associate of theHarvard Ukrainian Research Institute and of the Davis Center forRussian and EurasianStudies at Harvard University. Her publications on Russian, post-Soviet and East European politics, include, as editor, On the Edge: the Ukrainian-Central European-Russian SecurityTriangle (2000) and  Independent Belarus: Domestic Determinants, Regional Dynamicsand Implications for the West  (2002). She has taught and conducted research extensivelyin the Central-East European region, including through Fulbright, Humboldt Foundation,and other grants in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Hungary, and Lithuania. Energy Dependency,Politics,and Corruption in the Former Soviet Union  BASEES/Routledge series on Russian and East European studies Series editor:Richard Sakwa, Department of Politics and InternationalRelations, University of Kent  Editorial committee:Julian Cooper, Centre for Russian and East European Studies, University of Birmingham Terry Cox, Department of Central and East European Studies, University of Glasgow Rosalind Marsh, Department of European Studies and ModernLanguages, University of Bath David Moon, Department of History, University of Durham Hilary Pilkington, Department of Sociology, University of Warwick  Stephen White, Department of Politics, University of Glasgow Founding editorial committee member:George Blazyca, Centre for Contemporary European Studies, University of Paisley This series is published on behalf of BASEES (the British Association for Slavonicand East European Studies). The series comprises srcinal, high-quality, research-level work by both new and established scholars on all aspects of Russian, Soviet, post-Soviet and East European studies in humanities and social science subjects. 1Ukraine’s Foreign and Security Policy,1991–2000  Roman Wolczuk  2Political Parties in the Russian Regions  Derek S. Hutcheson 3Local Communities and Post-Communist Transformation  Edited by Simon Smith 4Repression and Resistance in Communist Europe  J.C. Sharman  5Political Elites and the New Russia  Anton Steen 6Dostoevsky and the Idea of Russianness Sarah Hudspith 7Performing Russia–Folk Revival and Russian Identity  Laural J. Olson 8Russian Transformations  Edited by Leo McCann 9Soviet Music and Society under Lenin and Stalin The Baton and Sickle  Edited by Neil Edmunds 10State Building in Ukraine The Ukranian parliament, 1999–2003 Sarah Whitmore 11Defending Human Rightsin Russia Sergei Kovalyov, Dissident and Human RightsCommissioner, 1969–2003  Emma Gilligan 12Small-Town Russia Postcommunist livelihoods and identities–a portrait of theintelligentsia in Achit,Bednodemyanovsk and Zubtsov,1999–2000  Anne White 13Russian Society and theOrthodox Church Religion in Russia after communism Zoe Knox 14Russian Literary Culture in the Camera Age The word as image Stephen Hutchings 15Between Stalin and Hitler Class war and race war on the Dvina, 1940–46 Geoffrey Swain 16Literature in Post-Communist Russia and Eastern Europe The Russian, Czech and Slovak fiction of the changes 1988–98  Rajendra A. Chitnis 17Soviet dissent and Russia’stransition to democracy Dissident legacies  Robert Horvath 18Russian and Soviet FilmAdaptations of Literature,1900–2001 Screening the word   Edited by Stephen Hutchings and Anat Vernitski 19Russia as a Great Power Dimensions of security under Putin  Edited by Jakob Hedenskog,Vilheln Konnander, Bertil Nygren, Ingmar Oldberg and Christer  Pursiainen 20Katyn and the Soviet Massacre of 1940 Truth, justice, memory George Samford  21Conscience,Dissent and Reform in Soviet Russia  Phillp Boobbyer 
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