This project explores to what extent and how Russia can exploit their natural gas as a power-resource in regard to foreign policy toward the nations of the European Union. Our further analysis is based on the following theories: Realism, neo-realism, Nye’s definition of power and Keohane & Nye’s theory of complex interdependence. Following our analysis we have been able to conclude, that Russia’s supply of natural gas can be defined as a source of power dominated by the term hard power. As an asymmetrical interdependent relationship is present between Russia and the members of the EU, a direct exploitation of the Russian gas seems unrealistic; as such exploitation will have considerable consequences for Russia. In spite of this, Russia’s actions and rhetoric on the international arena must be viewed in a realistic perspective.
|Uddannelser||Basis - Samfundsvidenskabelig Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis|
|Udgivelsesdato||20 jun. 2011|
|Vejledere||Laurids Sandager Lauridsen|