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European Energy Security

January 12, 2009

In what Russia claims to be a purely commercial dispute, Gazprom cut off gas to Ukraine, disrupting supplies across Europe. However, some suggest that Russia’s real aim is to exploit European dependence on Russian gas (see chart) in order to divide Europe and undermine its pro-Western neighbor. The following articles discuss the geopolitical implications of Europe’s dependence on Russian gas.

Noël: Beyond Dependence-How to Deal with Russian Gas
Beehner: Russia’s Energy Disputes
Economist: Russia and Ukraine-Cold Shoulders
Editorial: Mr. Putin’s Cold War
Johnson: Oil Trouble Spots

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