Role of energy in Azerbaijan’s foreign policy during İlham Aliyev era

Abbasov, Kamran
This Ph.D thesis seeks to explore the political and economic aspects of Azerbaijan’s energy sector and its role in the conduct of Azerbaijan’s foreign policy during the Presidency of Ilham Aliyev. The thesis focuses mainly on the formation and development of Azerbaijan’s energy policy after the collapse of the Soviet Union. The thesis argues contrary to the arguments of the political realists scholars who argue that Azerbaijan’s energy policy reflects the dynamics of power politics in and around Azerbaijan, this thesis argues that a liberal approach is more capable of explaining Azerbaijan’s energy policy since Azerbaijan implements its energy policy through forging partnerships with regional and international actors rather than through rivalries with the relevant actors. Azerbaijan emphasizes its potential role in European energy security by developing joint ventures with the regional and European companies without alienating any country in its neighborhood, including Russia. The thesis consists of eight chapters. The introduction and the second chapter are dealing with general theoretical frameworks. The third chapter examines post-Cold war historical development in the energy sector of Azerbaijan. The fourth chapter describes energy strategy of Azerbaijan government in internal and external dimension in the period from 2003 to 2013. The fifth chapter deals with competition and cooperation of Azerbaijan with other Caspian countries and Azerbaijan’s main contracts. The sixth is on BTC oil pipeline, its construction and management. The next chapter, studies Azerbaijan’scooperation with the EU in energy projects. Finally, the conclusion chapter underlines and summarizes the main ideas and approaches.


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Citation Formats
K. Abbasov, “Role of energy in Azerbaijan’s foreign policy during İlham Aliyev era,” Ph.D. - Doctoral Program, Middle East Technical University, 2015.