Well-Oiled Diplomacy: Strategic Manipulation and Russia's Energy Statecraft in Eurasia

By Kesarchuk, Olga; Milicic, Nikola | Demokratizatsiya, Fall 2007 | Go to article overview

Well-Oiled Diplomacy: Strategic Manipulation and Russia's Energy Statecraft in Eurasia


Kesarchuk, Olga, Milicic, Nikola, Demokratizatsiya


Well-Oiled Diplomacy: Strategic Manipulation and Russia's Energy Statecraft in Eurasia, Adam N. Stulberg. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2007. 337 pp. $80.00.

In recent years, energy security has been high on Europe's agenda. The dependence on Russian gas and oil began to concern European countries when it became clear that Moscow's near-monopolistic position as an energy supplier has enabled it to interfere in other countries' domestic and foreign affairs. In Well-Oiled Diplomacy: Strategic Manipulation and Russia's Energy Statecraft in Eurasia, Adam N. Stulberg offers his understanding of how Russia's energy endowments translate into a source of influence over other states.

Energy supplies to Europe have turned Russia into a powerful regional and global player. What puzzles Stulberg is that, despite Russia's economic and geostrategic dominance in the post-Soviet space, it has "both succeeded remarkably and failed miserably at securing compliance across sectors and states throughout Eurasia" (14). Stulberg's well-written theoretical framework draws on numerous theories, such as rational choice, new institutionalism, and prospect theory, which by themselves are unable to account for the varied outcomes of Russia's attempts to reassert its presence in the region. Stulberg is dissatisfied with the theories that concentrate exclusively on inducement and coercion and points out the need to broaden the definition of "soft" dimensions to include international security by introducing the concept of strategic manipulation (1). Its essence lies in restructuring "a target's decision situation, alignment choices, and risks to maximize the appeal of a favorable outcome or minimize the appeal of an unfavorable" one (1). Thus, influence can be exercised even before the actual decisions are made by altering the decision-making agenda of the targets (6). The attention to risk in decision making allows Stulberg to go beyond rational choice's traditional emphasis on utility maximization. By analyzing Russia's standing in gas, oil, and nuclear sectors vis-à-vis southern NIS states, Stulberg argues that an initiator's market power in a specific energy sector and operation within a clearly delineated regulatory system at home enables it to shape a target's decision-making context in such a way that "strategic compliance holds out more favorable prospects than noncompliance" (37). The inability of a state to marshal one or both independent variables can lead to either defiance or mutual accommodation (14). In the debate about the influence of globalization on the state, Stulberg clearly stands on the side of those who argue that the state remains a relevant actor despite the increasing influence of other nonstate actors.

The book has a very clear structure; the argument is lucidly stated and flows well through the text. Stulberg is explicit about what he aims to do through his research. He is also meticulous in the selection and explanation of methodological tools he uses to answer his research question. The factual richness of the book is ensured by the process tracing in which Stulberg engages (57). …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items

Items saved from this article

This article has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this article

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited article

Well-Oiled Diplomacy: Strategic Manipulation and Russia's Energy Statecraft in Eurasia
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    Buy instant access to save your work.

    Already a member? Log in now.

    Author Advanced search

    Oops!

    An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.