Azerbaijan and the New Energy Geopolitics of Southeastern Europe

Azerbaijan and the New Energy Geopolitics of Southeastern Europe, edited by Margarita Assenova and Zaur Shiriyev, comes at a critical time when concerns about energy security are growing in the midst of military, economic and energy conflicts in East and Southeastern Europe. As the construction of the Southern Gas Corridor from Azerbaijan to Europe is advancing, natural gas from the Caspian region will challenge the gas monopoly of any single supplier in Southeastern Europe, thus changing the geopolitical landscape in the region.

Structured as an edited volume of ten essays, this book enhances our understanding of Southeastern Europe’s energy security and the potential impact of the Southern Gas Corridor. Since channeling Caspian gas to Europe is an essential part of Azerbaijan’s national strategy, the book also analyzes Baku’s foreign policy and investment pursuits in Southeastern Europe.

The book focuses attention on Azerbaijan’s aspiring role as an energy supplier and contributor to energy security in Southeastern Europe, its evolving relations with countries in the region—from Greece to Croatia—and consequently Baku’s expanding relations with the European Union and the United States.