Energy entanglements and supply chains involving actors in Russia, Ukraine, and the European Union are key for understanding the sources as well as the directions of the current crisis of Russian aggressive posturing vis-a-vis Ukraine and NATO. Following three energy molecules (a natural gas molecule, an oil molecule. and a coal molecule) traveling from production in Siberia to final use in Germany, Margarita Balmaceda’s new book, Russian Energy Chains: the Remaking of Technopolitics from Siberia to Ukraine to the European Union (Columbia U.P., 2021) analyzes these entanglements from the perspective of the threat and temptation embodied in these chains. This presentation will highlight how different aspects of this triangular relationship as discussed in the book play a key role in understanding the current crisis – from the uniqueness of Russian domestic energy politics to the tensions in EU and German policy affecting their responses.
Russian Energy Chains is available for purchase here. Use code CUP20 at checkout for 20% discount; chapter one of the book is also available at the above link.
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