Well-Oiled Diplomacy: Strategic Manipulation and Russia's Energy Statecraft in Eurasia

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Examines Russia’s energy policy with rival Eurasian supplier states from 1992 to 2002.
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“This is a well-researched and useful book. It takes a subtle theoretical approach that offers greater insight into economic statecraft … Furthermore, its empirical contributions on several vital subjects—including soft power, energy policy, and Russian behavior in the Caspian region—will provide a trove for researchers for years …. It will be a lasting contribution to the study of Russian energy policy and of economic statecraft more generally.” — Political Science Quarterly

“This superb new study goes beyond explanations of statecraft that rely exclusively on market position, domestic institutional structure, and/or coercive manipulation of hard power. Not only does Well-Oiled Diplomacy refine our understanding of how and why each of these factors matters, but it also enlarges our theoretical sophistication by elucidating the importance of framing alternative options and manipulating the distance between them. In this way, too, it augments formal (rationalist) models of strategic interaction by incorporating risk alongside standard variables of information symmetry and cost-benefit calculations of expected utility. And finally, by identifying the critical role of discrete regulatory capacity, it strengthens our knowledge of the relationship between domestic structure and international politics. Scholars will be deeply indebted to Stulberg for all of these reasons.” — Doug Blum, Providence College

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791470640
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2008
  • Series: SUNY series in Global Politics
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 365
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Adam N. Stulberg is Associate Professor at the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs, Georgia Institute of Technology. He is coeditor (with James Clay Moltz and Vladimir A. Orlov) of Preventing Nuclear Meltdown: Managing Decentralization of Russia’s Nuclear Complex.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Part I: Statecraft and Strategic Manipulation

1. Theories of Statecraft and the Enigma of Russia’s Energy Leverage

2. Strategic Manipulation

Part II: Case Studies

3. Russia’s Strategic Energy Predicament

4. Russia’s Gas Diplomacy: Manipulating Compliance from Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan

5. Russia’s Petro-Diplomacy: Floundering in the Caspian Basin

6. Russia’s Radioactive Diplomacy: Reconstituting Commercial Nuclear Relations with Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan

Part III: Conclusion

7. Conclusion: Theoretical and Policy Implications

Selected Bibliography

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