Revisiting Pipeline Politics and Diplomacy: From Energy Security to Domestic Politics Explanations

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Abstract

This article questions the currency of contemporary pipeline politics and diplomacy as applied in the Eurasian gas system. In doing so, it argues that the mosaic of proposed pipelines— notably Nord Stream 2, South Stream, and Turkish Stream—is out of tune with the current traits of global political life, namely geopolitical ruptures, changing market fundamentals, fuel uncertainty, and the evolving politics and economics of natural gas. This article provides alternative explanations for the still-central role of pipeline politics and diplomacy in energy politics and concludes with the policy implications stemming from their alternative reading.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)409-418
Number of pages10
JournalProblems of Post-Communism
Volume65
Issue number6
Early online date4 Apr 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Keywords

  • Nord Stream 2
  • Turkish Stream
  • South Stream
  • EU
  • European Union
  • Russia
  • lock-in effects

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