Publication Date

2018-07-10

Availability

Embargoed

Embargo Period

2020-07-09

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PHD)

Department

International Studies (Arts and Sciences)

Date of Defense

2018-05-14

First Committee Member

Roger E. Kanet

Second Committee Member

Bruce M. Bagley

Third Committee Member

Lilian Yaffe

Fourth Committee Member

Edward Glab

Abstract

New energy opportunities provide effective ways to advance energy superpowers’ foreign policy objectives. Oil and gas are capable of providing producer states with internal order and external influence and are thus a source of relative power. This research examines how energy shapes superpower nations’ foreign policy, analyzing cases of the United States of America and the Russian Federation after the end of the Cold War till the early 21st century with a diachronic selection of the most important developments. More detailed analysis covers the period from 2000 till the present to demonstrate how widely the U.S. and Russian national security and diplomacy are affected by energy concerns. In this project energy refers to crude oil, refined products, and natural gas.

Keywords

energy; foreign policy; national security; oil; natural gas; the United States of America; the Russian Federation

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