NATO and the Caspian
By Jennifer Cunningham and Steve Yetiv
As NATO continues its transition from a Cold War military alliance, energy security is playing an increasingly important role albeit an ill-defined one. The rise of energy security as a challenge for NATO and the factors that are driving and shaping it help explain the nature of the contemporary global security framework and in many cases the constraints that NATO, as an organization, faces in driving forward consensus on select energy issues.
NATO’s reluctance to extend its energy security role beyond the framework outlined at the Bucharest Summit is influenced partly by sensitivity to Russian insecurity and to Russia’s control over significant oil and gas resources.
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