Russian Energy Politics in the Baltics, Poland, and Ukraine: A New Stealth Imperialism?

Russian Energy Politics in the Baltics, Poland, and Ukraine: A New Stealth Imperialism?

by Keith C. Smith

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Russian Energy Politics in the Baltics, Poland, and Ukraine: A New Stealth Imperialism? by Keith C. Smith

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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780892064564
Publisher: Center for Strategic & International Studies
Publication date: 12/10/2004
Series: CSIS Reports Series
Edition description: December 2004
Pages: 88
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.

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