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EU-Russia Relations in the Context of Energy Security : Analysis of Energy Securitization Discourses 2014-2017

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dc.title EU-Russia Relations in the Context of Energy Security : Analysis of Energy Securitization Discourses 2014-2017 en
ethesis.discipline.URI none
ethesis.faculty Valtiotieteellinen tiedekunta fi
ethesis.faculty Faculty of Social Sciences en
ethesis.faculty Statsvetenskapliga fakulteten sv
ethesis.faculty.URI Helsingin yliopisto fi University of Helsinki en Helsingfors universitet sv
dct.creator Vanhanen, Katja
dct.issued 2019
dct.language.ISO639-2 eng
dct.abstract For long energy trade has been viewed as an important element of EU– (Soviet) Russia relations. The West European energy engagement with what was then Soviet Union that emerged in late 1960s over the next decades evolved into an important strategic partnership in between the European Union (EU) and the Russian Federation (Russia), with considerable degree of interdependence surrounding their energy ties. Although the EU-Russia energy relations are, in general, concerned with both oil and natural gas, in the present research the author narrowed down the notion of energy to natural gas assigning this commodity a unique importance in the analysis of energy politics between the two. This is given the difference in the structural and economic terms of its trade when compared to other types of fossil fuels, which leads to path-dependent nature of energy relations between the actors involved. The disruptions of Russian natural gas supplies to Europe in 2006 and 2009 as a result of Ukraine-Russia gas disputes already contributed to concerns in regards to security of Russian energy supplies and corresponding natural gas demand from the side of the EU in the light of long-standing interdependence of the energy trade between the two. That being said, the subsequent 2014 Ukrainian crisis involving Russia’s annexation of Crimea and yet another Ukraine-Russia gas dispute can be seen as a turning point in the EU-Russia relations in the context of energy trade. The present study drew from previous research on the topic and, using a securitization theory coined by Copenhagen School of Security Studies as an analytical framework, deploys discourse analysis as a methodological tool in order to examine series of political rhetoric over the years 2014-2017 pertaining to the issue of EU-Russia relations when it comes to security of energy supplies. The analysis of the content of both EU’s and Russia’s energy securitization discourses revealed a presence of some cross related key themes that demonstrate certain similarities as well as differences in actors’ interpretations of their mutual energy trade and the implications of such for each of the party’s respective energy securities. It may be argued that over the years 2014-2017 Russia has been going through the process of de-securitization of its energy relations with the European Union. That being said over the same period the EU has been going through the processes of securitization of its relations with Russian Federation. en
dct.language en
ethesis.language englanti fi
ethesis.language English en
ethesis.language engelska sv
ethesis.supervisor Malkki, Leena
ethesis.supervisor Kansikas, Suvi
ethesis.thesistype pro gradu -tutkielmat fi
ethesis.thesistype master's thesis en
ethesis.thesistype pro gradu-avhandlingar sv
dct.identifier.ethesis E-thesisID:86488cbe-0d18-4994-bd76-d7d283924b65
ethesis-internal.timestamp.reviewStep 2019-05-15 17:01:30:179
dct.identifier.urn URN:NBN:fi:hulib-201906132790
dc.type.dcmitype Text
ethesis.facultystudyline Samhällsvetenskaper fi
ethesis.facultystudyline Social Sciences en
ethesis.facultystudyline Samhällsvetenskaper sv
ethesis.mastersdegreeprogram Nyky-yhteiskunnan tutkimuksen maisteriohjelma fi
ethesis.mastersdegreeprogram Master's Programme in (European and Nordic Studies) en
ethesis.mastersdegreeprogram Magisterprogrammet i moderna samhällen sv

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