Autumn 2003 (11.3)
in Print about Azerbaijan?
"Energy and Security
in the Caucasus" by Emmanuel Karagiannis, discusses how
pipelines have become a determinant of economic prosperity, national
security and international power for those who control their
routes. The converse is true for those who do not. Long-standing
ethnic conflicts in Abkhazia, Nagorno-Karabakh, Chechnya and
Kurdistan have further been fuelled by the ongoing competition
over pipeline routes. The control of oil routes will determine
the political and economic future of Russia, Turkey and the Caucasus
as a whole. Pipelines in the Caucasus do not simply carry oil,
but also define new corridors of trade and power.
This book challenges the assumption that pipeline development
has increased incentives for peace settlements. No economically
lucrative project can rapidly heal the wounds of ethnic conflicts
with their deep historical roots in the Caucasus.
The author suggests that one risk-minimizing strategy would be
to develop a multi-pipeline system that includes a route through
Iran. Other strategies include the establishment of a legal framework
to deter politically motivated cut-offs, the selection of strong
local and international partners and various defense measures
to protect the pipeline infrastructure from terrorist attacks.
Energy and Security in the Caucasus by Emmanuel
RoutledgeCurzon: London. 2002. ISBN 0-7007-1481-2. 232 pages.
Hard bound. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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