Russia, China and the geopolitics of energy in Central Asia
report by Alexandros Petersen with Katinka Barysch, November 2011
China and Russia are competing for Central Asia’s vast oil and gas resource, which provides Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan with room for manoeuvre. However, as this new CER report argues, increased engagement from the EU and the US is needed to prevent China replacing Russia as the region’s new hegemon.
Alexandros Petersen is an energy security advisor to the Woodrow Wilson Centre in Washington DC and Katinka Barysch is deputy director of the Centre for European Reform.
Written 16 November 2011
China is challenging Russia´s traditional dominance over Central Asia´s oil and gas. The EU can help the Central Asian countries to prevent losing out in a new ´great game´.
Alexandros Petersen is an energy security advisor to the Woodrow Wilson Centre in Washington DC.