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The countries of Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, and Ukraine are significantly dependent on Russia and Russian oil companies for their energy needs. Smith (former US ambassador to Lithuania and now affiliated with the Center for Strategic and International Studies) contends that the Putin government uses this monopoly position to extend neocolonial control over strategic infrastructure and ensure that the governments of its neighbors support Russian security and political interests. He argues that the US should begin to formulate a policy response to these activities, including encouraging the Baltic states, Poland, and the Ukraine to invest in energy independence and seeking the consolidation of "transparent democracy and open markets" in order to "break the cycle of corruption and political influence [underlying] Russia's foreign energy policy" in the region. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
|Publisher:||Center for Strategic & International Studies|
|Series:||CSIS Reports Series|
|Edition description:||December 2004|
|Product dimensions:||8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x (d)|
About the Author
Keith C. Smith is a senior associate with the Russia and Eurasia Program at CSIS.