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The Politics of Natural Resources in the Caspian Sea

Abbas Maleki

in Environmental Politics in the Middle East

Published in print November 2018 | ISBN: 9780190916688
Published online January 2019 | e-ISBN: 9780190942984 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oso/9780190916688.003.0010
The Politics of Natural Resources in the Caspian Sea

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This chapter examines the politics of the natural resources of the Caspian Sea as littoral states vie for dominance on energy resources and its routes to the world markets against a background of climate change, region-wide sustainability challenges, and local pollution. The Caspian is in full transformation and solving these problems will require a shift in regional politics towards environmental cooperation and political integration. However, the inherent challenges of such a new approach are compounded by the landlocked position of Caspian countries, uncertainty among littoral states as to each other’s intentions and a decaying infrastructure, last updated in the Soviet era.

Keywords: Caspian Sea Region; Natural Resources; Great Game; Oil & Gas; Legal Regimes

Chapter.  10888 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Politics

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