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This book analyses how EU transit (and hence energy) security is affected by the governance structures of the Eurasian gas network and by asymmetrical power relations between its actors, in particular between Russia and western CIS states (Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova) and their national gas companies.
It views the Eurasian gas network as the overlap and interaction of four spaces: the regulatory space, the contractual space, the space of flows, and the space ofplaces, and asserts that the discontinuities between and within the spaces adversely affect EU gas transit security. The volume suggests ways in which these discontinuities can be reduced, and how their negative effect can be minimised. The book identifies the threats to security of Russian gas transit across the western CIS, explains why and how unresolved Russia-western CIS bilateral issues led to the appearance of these threats, and determines whether the existing bilateral frameworks (supply and transit contracts and intergovernmental agreements) are adequate and sufficient to ensure security of transit across the western CIS. Furthermore it identifies EU energy policy gaps and explains why these gaps reduced the Union'sability to deal with such threats. It shows how transit security threats can be reduced through the joint employment of both bilateral and multilateral frameworks.
Katja Yafimava is Research Fellow at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies (OIES), in the Natural Gas Research Programme. She holds an MPhil in Russian and East European Studies, and is now completing her DPhil at the University of Oxford, Corpus Christi College on a Clarendon scholarship & Overseas Research Students / Universities UK award. Prior to joining the Natural Gas Research Programme in 2006, she conducted research at the Energy Charter Secretariat,Brussels, completed an internship at Shell Global Scenarios team, London, and was an FCO/OSI visiting scholar in Economics at the University of Oxford.
The book opens an important debate on the transit dimension of energy security, which is unlikely to disappear in the short-term future.
Andrei V. Belyi, Journal of World Energy Law and Business