Why does the United States of America interfere with the constructions of Soviet/Russian pipelines in 1980s, the Nord Stream and Nord Stream 2?

Filip Stancel, Robin Dickheiwer & Herve Butoyi

Studenteropgave: Fagmodulprojekt


This paper surrounds the foreign policy of the United States of America. Specifically, the foreign policy concerned with US interference in the construction of several Russian or Soviet natural gas pipelines. The paper tries to resolve the question why the US has interfered and what is the reason behind it. The research is approached through setting three hypotheses that might explain the motivation for interference. Exploring and analyzing these areas with the help of theories and models such as the balance of threat theory or the foreign policy traditions of the US. The paper includes three aspects, different US governments and their position towards Soviet Union/Russia, the perception of threats concerning Soviet Union/Russia and how lobbyism can influence foreign policy. All are concentrated around three constructions of pipelines by the Soviet Union/Russia. Each perspective is built on a hypothesis aiming to explain the interference. The result of this research is ambiguous due to systemic changes. However, it was possible to determine the tendency of a interference based on foreign policy tradition or well-being of the Russian/Soviet state.

UddannelserInternationale Studier, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor
Antal sider58
VejledereMichael Friederich Kluth