Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Analysis of the Current European Gas Import Situation: The Question of Iran
by Carothers, Amanda, M.A., The American University of Paris (France), 2010, 50; 10305775
Abstract (Summary)

This thesis is a broad analysis of the current European Gas imports. It is to analyze the current suppliers of European gas that are outside the immediate area of the European Union. The analysis will explore the relationship and dependency of Europe on the Russian Federation. It is not to say that any sort of dependency itself is good or bad but only that it exists and given that the majority of imports originate from one source it is prudent to identify and explore other options to obtain diversification. The analysis will also examine other suppliers and potential suppliers primarily Iran. An analysis of the role Turkey plays as an intermediary in the supply chain and its potential and also lack thereof to be a more prominent member of the equation will also be discussed. It is hypothesized that Iran can be a potential supplier in the future should certain changes in the geopolitical situation happen to allow this kind of change. Theories on those changes are presented with conclusions of most viable options. It is through the entrance of Iran into the gas market as a prominent figure that Europe can balance their supply and depend less on the Russian Federation giving them more political and market leverage.

This topic was chosen because of the author’s interest in gas markets in general and particularly the intrigue that the European gas market provides. It is the author’s hope that an alternate idea is presented in a manner that will make it viable as a real possibility in the future.

Key Words: European Gas, Iranian Gas, Russian Gas, Gas Market Analysis

Indexing (document details)
School: The American University of Paris (France)
Department: International Affairs
School Location: France
Source: MAI 56/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: European Studies, International Relations, Energy
Keywords: Europe, Gas market, Imports, Iran, Russia
Publication Number: 10305775
ISBN: 978-1-369-49339-9
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