Big Oil Playground, Russian Bear Preserve or European Periphery?: The Russian Barents Sea Region towards 2015

Big Oil Playground, Russian Bear Preserve or European Periphery?: The Russian Barents Sea Region towards 2015

by Bjorn Brunstad, Geir Honneland, Philip Swanson, Indra Overland
     
 

In the far northwestern corner of Russia lies the Barents Sea: a rich region of natural resources that has yet to be fully exploited. Future actions taken in Barents will create major environmental, political, and economic ripples around the globe. Big Oil Playground, Russian Bear Preserve or European Periphery? explores three plausible and

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In the far northwestern corner of Russia lies the Barents Sea: a rich region of natural resources that has yet to be fully exploited. Future actions taken in Barents will create major environmental, political, and economic ripples around the globe. Big Oil Playground, Russian Bear Preserve or European Periphery? explores three plausible and thought-provoking scenarios for the region's future over the next two decades.

The volume considers whether the international energy industry will transform Barents into a "big oil playground," if environmental protection rules will make it a "Russian bear preserve," or if integration into world trade will put it on the "European periphery." The result is a valuable resource for understanding the changing dynamics and challenges in modern public planning and a globalized economy.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9789059720398
Publisher:
Eburon Publishers
Publication date:
05/15/2005
Pages:
212
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1Introduction13
Ch. 2There will be fewer people27
Ch. 3Oil and gas boom or postponement?39
Ch. 4The economy will continue to depend on natural resources57
Ch. 5The political picture will change - but how?75
Ch. 6Pristine wilderness or environmental disaster zone?89
Ch. 7Scenario 1 : big oil playground97
Ch. 8Scenario 2 : Russian bear preserve119
Ch. 9Scenario 3 : European periphery141
Ch. 10Wild cards163
Ch. 11Comparing the scenarios173
Ch. 12Barents Russia - a region at the receiving end of events197

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