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Diplomacy and International Relations Professor Examines Post-Soviet Energy Dependency in New Book
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Dr. Margarita Balmaceda of the School of Diplomacy and International Relations, has published a new book entitled, “The Politics of Energy Dependency: Ukraine, Belarus, and Lithuania between Domestic Oligarchs and Russian pressure.”

Balmaceda’s book examines the importance of energy in Moscow’s quest to exert power and influence in these three post-Soviet states. After the collapse of the USSR in 1991, Ukraine, Belarus and Lithuania gained political independence. With that came a different sense of reliance on Russia. “Politics of Energy Dependence” discusses how the increasingly costly involvement with Russia as an energy source has hindered post-independence state-building and affected relations with the country itself. Through Dr. Balmaceda’s extensive field research, the book explores the reasons these countries are struggling to gain energy diversification. The book offers insight into post-Soviet development and international relations issues not only from a Moscow-centered perspective but from that of individual actors in other states.

“Politics of Energy Dependence” is a must-read for anyone interested in Eastern Europe, Russia, and the politics of natural resources, writes Ulrich Best, of the Canadian Centre for German and European Studies at York University. He adds, “The book is probably the most important contribution to the study of energy, politics, and international political economy in the post-socialist world in recent years.” Urlich praised Dr. Balmaceda’s research as state-of-the-art, adding that it makes a well-presented contribution in the field.

Dr. Balmaceda is a Professor of Diplomacy and International Relations at Seton Hall University and a research associate at the Davis Center for Russian and European Studies and Ukrainian Research Institute at Harvard University. She received her BA in international studies from Johns Hopkins University and MA and PhD in politics from Princeton University.


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