The Transit Dimension of EU Energy Security: Russian Gas Transit Across Ukraine, Belarus, and…

Hardcover | December 24, 2011

byKatja Yafimava

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This book analyses how EU transit (and hence energy) security is affected by the governance structures of the Eurasian gas network and by asymmetrical power relations between its actors, in particular between Russia and western CIS states (Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova) and their national gascompanies. It views the Eurasian gas network as the overlap and interaction of four spaces: the regulatory space, the contractual space, the space of flows, and the space of places, and asserts that the discontinuities between and within the spaces adversely affect EU gas transit security. Thevolume suggests ways in which these discontinuities can be reduced, and how their negative effect can be minimised. The book identifies the threats to security of Russian gas transit across the western CIS, explains why and how unresolved Russia-western CIS bilateral issues led to the appearance of these threats, and determines whether the existing bilateral frameworks (supply and transit contracts andintergovernmental agreements) are adequate and sufficient to ensure security of transit across the western CIS. Furthermore it identifies EU energy policy gaps and explains why these gaps reduced the Union's ability to deal with such threats. It shows how transit security threats can be reducedthrough the joint employment of both bilateral and multilateral frameworks.

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This book analyses how EU transit (and hence energy) security is affected by the governance structures of the Eurasian gas network and by asymmetrical power relations between its actors, in particular between Russia and western CIS states (Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova) and their national gascompanies. It views the Eurasian gas network...

Katja Yafimava is Research Fellow at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies (OIES), in the Natural Gas Research Programme. She holds an MPhil in Russian and East European Studies, and is now completing her DPhil at the University of Oxford, Corpus Christi College on a Clarendon scholarship and Overseas Research Students / Universitie...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:316 pagesPublished:December 24, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019959922X

ISBN - 13:9780199599226

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Introduction1. Defining Major Working Concepts of the Thesis: Energy Security, Gas Security, Transit, Gas Transit Security2. Theorising Transit Security: the Eurasian Gas Network, Power Relations and Network Governance3. Existing Multilateral and Bilateral Frameworks: the Lack of Overlapping Membership and its Implications for EU Gas Transit Security4. Gas Supply to Europe: the Role of Non-EU/Non-EEA Suppliers and the Increasing Importance of Transit5. EU Energy Policy-in-the-Making: Focus on External Transit Security6. Russian-Ukrainian Gas Relations and Their Role for EU Gas Security: Looking for a Politically Acceptable Commercial Framework7. The Russian-Belarusian Gas Relations: Balancing Geopolitics and Geo-economics8. The Russian-Moldovan Gas Relations: an Unstable Stability9. Building a Multilateral Framework for Secure Gas Transit: the Energy Charter Treaty and the (Draft) Transit ProtocolConclusion