RUSSCASP aims at producing relevant knowledge on
Russian and Caspian oil and gas developments. Read more about the
research and publications on:
Oil and gas
developments in Russia
and gas developments in the Caspian region
RUSSCASP is to
expand our understanding of the long-term outlook for three strategically
important issue clusters :
Russia and the Caspian region as
arenas for foreign energy companies.
Driving forces and
conditions for Russian and Caspian energy exports.
Energy developments in the Russian high north.
understand and forecast developments in these issues, more fundamental
tendencies are also addressed. Previous research has identified three recurrent
energy themes in Russian and Caspian politics:
Control of the oil and
gas industries and revenue streams.
Concern for the energy
The link between energy and foreign
These concerns, the way they will be addressed by Russia and the
Caspian states, and the factors and driving forces that will influence their
relative focus and interpretation are at the centre of RUSSCASP.
research is mainly aimed at understanding long-term developments, but in order
to do so it is also important to improve the reading of short-term signs.
Causal relationships will be specified where possible, and it will be attempted
to identify overall emerging patterns and paradoxes where complexity is high.
RUSSCASP deals with understanding both the relevant reforms and the actors and
driving forces behind them. For the direct users of this research, the natural
interest is to have informed opinions about what may happen next. Sound
research must, however, rest on analysis of what has happened earlier. This
research programme has been designed to cater to both needs.
research is divided into seven work packages:
WP1: Russian upstream
WP2: Actors and structures
WP3: Russian energy policy reform and public
WP4: Russian macroeconomic development
WP5: Geopolitics and strategic export
WP6: Caspian regimes and business climate
WP7: Knowledge integration
> More details about RUSSCASP research in
'RUSSCASP's Main Issues' (PDF)