Peak gas: Eurasia in the age of centrifugal geopolitics

March 29, 2010 - 12:30 - 14:00
Nador u. 9, Monument Building
Gellner room
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Stela Garaz
Peak gas: Eurasia in the age of centrifugal geopolitics

The presentation explores the degree to which the focus of policy-making has shifted from the options of external players looking into Eurasia, manifested in the Great Game discourse, to a focus on the region’s outward ambitions. Issues of economic transition, ethnicity, territory and identity defined Eurasian geopolitics in the first decade and and a half after the collapse of communism. A principal driver of regional dynamics more recently has been the gas trade, which has tested the limits of Russian power, opened up new commercial and diplomatic connections from the region, and emerged as a source of state and regime in/security for producer, transit and consumer states alike. The presentation asks whether, in the light of an increasingly globalised gas market and an expected medium-term plateau in European demand, gas will continue to define Eurasian geopolitics in the next decade.


Dr Michael Denison is Research Director at Control Risks, a leading international risk consultancy. He was formerly Special Adviser to the UK Foreign Secretary and Lecturer in International Security at the University of Leeds and University of St Andrews. His most recent publications are: "The Art of the Impossible: Political Symbolism and the Creation of National Identity and Collective Memory in post-Soviet Turkmenistan" in Europe-Asia Studies, 61 (7) 2009 and "The EU and Central Asia: Commercialising the Energy Relationship, EUCAM Working Paper 2, July 2009. He graduated in Modern History from Oxford University and took his MA and PhD at the University of Leeds.