Degree Year

2009

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Department

Politics

Advisor(s)

Lawrence Markowitz

Keywords

Russia, Georgia, Ukraine, Energy, Gas, Oil, Leverage, Foreign policy, Gazprom; Itera

Abstract

This work explores Russia’s use of energy as leverage in the near abroad. This work argues that different strategies of using energy, such as moderation or aggression, lead to different outcomes in the near abroad. The current work on Russian foreign policy fails to provide an explanation for the wildly different outcomes of Georgia and Ukraine – this work seeks to fill in those gaps.

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