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Author Leigh Ellen Hendrix
Title Russian Energy Policy: Exploring the Efficacy of a Resource‐Dependent Economy and Foreign Policy
Department Political Science & Economics
Advisors George Hudson, Lawrence Gwinn, David Wishart, and James Allan
Year 2008
Honors University Honors
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Abstract Since the discovery of vast amounts of natural resources, especially energy resources, in Russia, Russian policy has changed in many respects. Russia has shaped its economic policy around the use and sale of energy resources, and has used its resource wealth to shape domestic and international policies. I argue that Russia's current dependence on energy resources to support economic development and foreign policy positions may limit its future policy implications. This paper examines Russia's unique political and economic situation with regard to energy.

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