Title

Central Asian energy policy : cooperative non-zero sum policy on legal status and pipeline issues benefit local and global actors

Abstract

As global energy demand increases in the next century increased demand will focus global attention on geographical energy rich concentrated areas. One such area of interest is Central Asia and the primary vehicle for energy extraction in the region, the Caspian Sea. The long history of oil development is being reignited as global powers increase their interests with the dissolution of the Soviet Union and the creation of three new littorals around the body of water. Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, and Turkmenistan create new opportunities for interested parties such as the United States, China and the European Union.

The new littorals challenge the pre-existing legal status quo of Iran and Russia but no energy extraction can continue on large-scales without legal consensus and efficient modes of transportation. The aim of this study is to explain why energy production stagnation has existed in the region and prove that the most efficient and beneficial position local states, global powers, and corporations can strive towards is by adopting cooperative policy structures on all levels. The results of the study find that cooperative structures are mandatory due to the unique legal and transportation issues of the region refuting the applicability of Realism and other non-cooperative analysis models.

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Thesis Completion

2008

Semester

Fall

Advisor

Sadri, Houman A.

Degree

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

College

College of Sciences

Degree Program

Political Science

Subjects

Dissertations, Academic -- Sciences;Sciences -- Dissertations, Academic

Format

Print

Identifier

DP0022239

Language

English

Access Status

Open Access

Length of Campus-only Access

None

Document Type

Honors in the Major Thesis

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