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The New Great Game

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Material Information

Title: The New Great Game A Study of International Energy Competition in the Caspian Sea Region
Physical Description: Book
Language: English
Creator: Byla, Robert Kupstas
Publisher: New College of Florida
Place of Publication: Sarasota, Fla.
Creation Date: 2008
Publication Date: 2008

Subjects

Subjects / Keywords: Energy
Security
Caspian Sea Region
Genre: bibliography   ( marcgt )
theses   ( marcgt )
government publication (state, provincial, terriorial, dependent)   ( marcgt )
born-digital   ( sobekcm )
Electronic Thesis or Dissertation

Notes

Abstract: Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, the Caspian Sea Region has been gripped by an intense international struggle over its rich resources and strategic position. At the heart of this "New Great Game" lie the Caspian�s abundant energy reserves, which serve not only as prizes of great power rivalry, but also as key modalities of geopolitical competition. In this race for petroleum and power, the United States, EU, China, and Russia, are each developing major energy export corridors that link their respective economies to the landlocked petroleum deposits of Central Asia and the South Caucasus. This thesis examines recent major pipeline developments in the region and assesses their medium-term impacts on Western energy security and the geopolitical balance in Eurasia. The key finding of the study is that, due to a number of endogenous and exogenous factors, the interests of the United States and Europe in the Caspian Sea Region are being dangerously marginalized by intense Russian and Chinese engagement of local producer states. Landmark progress on Russian and Chinese petroleum transport projects over the past year has severely damaged the feasibility of competing Western initiatives such as Nabucco, the Trans-Caspian Gas Pipeline, and Kazakh shipments for the Baku-Tblisi-Ceyhan Pipeline. The collapse of these projects constitutes a major setback for European energy diversification objectives and severely limits the West�s capacity to influence political and military developments in central Eurasia. Serving as a microcosm for energy politics on the global scale, the "New Great Game" offers an interesting case with which to study the globally competing relationships of liberal industrialized democracies and authoritarian capitalist states. In order to meet these international security challenges, Western policymakers must recognize the geopolitical transformations taking place in central Eurasia and reevaluate their policies toward this strategically important region.
Statement of Responsibility: by Robert Kupstas Byla
Thesis: Thesis (B.A.) -- New College of Florida, 2008
Electronic Access: RESTRICTED TO NCF STUDENTS, STAFF, FACULTY, AND ON-CAMPUS USE
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references.
Source of Description: This bibliographic record is available under the Creative Commons CC0 public domain dedication. The New College of Florida, as creator of this bibliographic record, has waived all rights to it worldwide under copyright law, including all related and neighboring rights, to the extent allowed by law.
Local: Faculty Sponsor: Hicks, Barbara

Record Information

Source Institution: New College of Florida
Holding Location: New College of Florida
Rights Management: Applicable rights reserved.
Classification: local - S.T. 2008 B99
System ID: NCFE003894:00001

Permanent Link: http://ncf.sobek.ufl.edu/NCFE003894/00001

Material Information

Title: The New Great Game A Study of International Energy Competition in the Caspian Sea Region
Physical Description: Book
Language: English
Creator: Byla, Robert Kupstas
Publisher: New College of Florida
Place of Publication: Sarasota, Fla.
Creation Date: 2008
Publication Date: 2008

Subjects

Subjects / Keywords: Energy
Security
Caspian Sea Region
Genre: bibliography   ( marcgt )
theses   ( marcgt )
government publication (state, provincial, terriorial, dependent)   ( marcgt )
born-digital   ( sobekcm )
Electronic Thesis or Dissertation

Notes

Abstract: Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, the Caspian Sea Region has been gripped by an intense international struggle over its rich resources and strategic position. At the heart of this "New Great Game" lie the Caspian�s abundant energy reserves, which serve not only as prizes of great power rivalry, but also as key modalities of geopolitical competition. In this race for petroleum and power, the United States, EU, China, and Russia, are each developing major energy export corridors that link their respective economies to the landlocked petroleum deposits of Central Asia and the South Caucasus. This thesis examines recent major pipeline developments in the region and assesses their medium-term impacts on Western energy security and the geopolitical balance in Eurasia. The key finding of the study is that, due to a number of endogenous and exogenous factors, the interests of the United States and Europe in the Caspian Sea Region are being dangerously marginalized by intense Russian and Chinese engagement of local producer states. Landmark progress on Russian and Chinese petroleum transport projects over the past year has severely damaged the feasibility of competing Western initiatives such as Nabucco, the Trans-Caspian Gas Pipeline, and Kazakh shipments for the Baku-Tblisi-Ceyhan Pipeline. The collapse of these projects constitutes a major setback for European energy diversification objectives and severely limits the West�s capacity to influence political and military developments in central Eurasia. Serving as a microcosm for energy politics on the global scale, the "New Great Game" offers an interesting case with which to study the globally competing relationships of liberal industrialized democracies and authoritarian capitalist states. In order to meet these international security challenges, Western policymakers must recognize the geopolitical transformations taking place in central Eurasia and reevaluate their policies toward this strategically important region.
Statement of Responsibility: by Robert Kupstas Byla
Thesis: Thesis (B.A.) -- New College of Florida, 2008
Electronic Access: RESTRICTED TO NCF STUDENTS, STAFF, FACULTY, AND ON-CAMPUS USE
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references.
Source of Description: This bibliographic record is available under the Creative Commons CC0 public domain dedication. The New College of Florida, as creator of this bibliographic record, has waived all rights to it worldwide under copyright law, including all related and neighboring rights, to the extent allowed by law.
Local: Faculty Sponsor: Hicks, Barbara

Record Information

Source Institution: New College of Florida
Holding Location: New College of Florida
Rights Management: Applicable rights reserved.
Classification: local - S.T. 2008 B99
System ID: NCFE003894:00001

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