Baltic Independence and Russian Foreign Energy Policy

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GMB Publishing Ltd, 2006 - Business & Economics - 44 pages
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Increasingly dependent on Russian gas imports and with negligible sources of domestic energy supply, the Baltic countries have been the target of aggressive Russian commercial activity and a sustained attempt to lock them into a long-term reliance on Russia. Now, as Baltic political leaders, energy specialists and intelligence analysts consider their options, the implications for the security and independence of the three EU member states are a matter of concern well beyond the Baltic. This series of reports establishes for the first time the confluence of Russian foreign policy with the acquisition of foreign energy assets by Russian entities. Nine specific country profiles focus on the oil, gas, electricity and nuclear power industries. Each report written by an author of international standing, explains how Russian foreign energy downstream mergers and acquisitions are transpiring to consolidate the new Russian empire.

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1 Introduction
2 An historical and political perspective
3 The economy
structure and dynamics
5 Russias interest in Baltic energy
options for the future
7 Conclusion
Notes and references
Russian foreign energy policy reports
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Dr Harold Elletson leads The New Security Programme, which conducts research into the implications of the new security environment for civil society and provides an international forum for discussions involving business, academia and government. He was previously Director of the NATO Forum on Business and Security, which he created with support from the NATO Science Programme. A former Member of the United Kingdom Parliament (from 1992-1997), he served as Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland in the early stages of the peace process and was also a member of the Select Committee on Environment. An international public affairs consultant and a fluent Russian speaker, he has advised many leading companies on aspects of their business in the former Soviet Union, including BP in Azerbaijan and Alstom in Siberia. He holds a PhD in Social Sciences from the University of Bradford and his first book âThe General Against the Kremlinâ was published in 1998.

Kevin Rosner, PhD is a specialist in Russian oil and gas, security of critical energy infrastructure, and international energy-security policy. He is an external expert to NATO and presently serves as the Director, NATO Forum on Energy Security. He is a Senior Fellow both at the UK Defence Academy and at the Institute for the Analysis of Global Security (IAGS) in Washington, DC. Posts held include Senior Security Advisor to the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline company, Project Director with the Program on Cooperation with the Russian Federation at the OECD, and Project Manager with the UNESCO Science Division in Paris. Dr. Rosner is the founder of The Rosner Group serving leading members of the global oil and gas community with energy and security analytical products.

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