A Study of Foreign Policy Analysis Framework in Germany’s Energy Policy of the Post-Cold War Era

Krzysztof Feliks Sliwinski, Stratos Pourzitakis

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Abstract

This paper re-examines the Foreign Policy Analysis (FPA) with regards to the security of energy relations between Germany and Russia, understood as specific foreign policy actions—that is, “products” of foreign policy decisions. It attempts to explain why Germany consistently sought better relations with Russia, partially with the aim of securing energy supplies. Drawing on Walter Carlsnaes’s identified lack of integrative and dynamic models that convincingly include both types of variables—structures and actors in a dynamic fashion—this study offers a link between the FPA and energy policy.

The paper focuses on the years from the 1990s through to the present, across various segments of the German government, and explores major values and objectives of German energy policy. German energy policy is intrinsic to German-Russian relations, and places particular emphasis on the Nord Stream 1 pipeline. Our research indicates that the linear sequence, as proposed by Carlsnaes himself (structure—disposition—intention—action), can be conducive in bringing about favourable conditions for further actions following the same path.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)481-512
JournalEurAmerica
Volume48
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2018

User-Defined Keywords

  • energy security
  • foreign policy
  • Nord Stream
  • Germany
  • Russia

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