Document Type

Journal Article

Department/Unit

Department of Government and International Studies

Language

English

Abstract

This paper re-examines the Foreign Policy Analysis (FPA) with regards to the security of energy relations between Germany and Russia, understood as specific foreign policy actions—that is, “products” of foreign policy decisions. It attempts to explain why Germany consistently sought better relations with Russia, partially with the aim of securing energy supplies. Drawing on Walter Carlsnaes’s identified lack of integrative and dynamic models that convincingly include both types of variables—structures and actors in a dynamic fashion—this study offers a link between the FPA and energy policy.

The paper focuses on the years from the 1990s through to the present, across various segments of the German government, and explores major values and objectives of German energy policy. German energy policy is intrinsic to German-Russian relations, and places particular emphasis on the Nord Stream 1 pipeline. Our research indicates that the linear sequence, as proposed by Carlsnaes himself (structure—disposition—intention—action), can be conducive in bringing about favourable conditions for further actions following the same path.

Keywords

energy security, foreign policy, Nord Stream, Germany, Russia

Publication Date

12-2018

Source Publication Title

EurAmerica

Volume

48

Issue

4

Start Page

481

End Page

512

Publisher

Academia Sinica

Copyright

© Institute of European and American Studies, Academia Sinica

Link to Publisher's Edition

https://www.ea.sinica.edu.tw/allQuarterly_Result.aspx?OT=&KEY=+A+study+of+foreign+

ISSN (print)

10213058

ISSN (electronic)

19917864

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