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
|School:||The American University of Paris (France)|
|Source:||MAI 56/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||European Studies, International Relations, Energy|
|Keywords:||Europe, Gas market, Imports, Iran, Russia|
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