Download: Energy Security Program Research Brief No. 1 December 2020
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Title: Euro-Caspian Energy Security and Geoeconomics
Author: Robert M. Cutler
Series: Energy Security Program Research Brief No. 1
Date: December 2020
This edited transcript of a 40-minute podcast interview (1 November 2020) covers the Caspian Sea’s legal regime, national interests of its littoral states, Turkey’s role in Euro-Caspian energy security, American and Chinese interests in the region, and why the Caspian Sea’s significance will increase still more in future. The Caspian Sea is a unique body of water in the centre of Eurasia, bordered by Russia, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Iran and Azerbaijan. If you zoom out from the Caspian Sea, you get eventually Siberia, you get China, you get India (although the Himalayas in the way), you also get the South Caucasus, and you even get over to the Black Sea. Thus, although it seems a bit remote and isolated on the map, when regarded from some distant parts of the world, it is in fact a very important region, to the great powers in the area, and even to the United States and the European Union, especially because of its energy resources.