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Fuelling Insecurity

Energy Securitization in Azerbaijan

By Aurora Ganz

Published

Nov 4, 2021

Page count

160 pages

ISBN

978-1529216691

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

Nov 4, 2021

Page count

160 pages

ISBN

978-1529216707

Dimensions

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Known as ‘the land of fire’, Azerbaijan’s politics are materially and ideologically shaped by energy. In the country, energy security emerges as a mix of coercion and control, requiring widespread military and law enforcement deployment.

This book examines the extensive network of security professionals and the wide range of practices that have spread in Azerbaijan’s energy sector. It unpacks the interactions of state, supra‐state, and private security organizations and argues that energy security has enabled and normalized a coercive way of exercising power. This study shows that oppressive energy security practices lead to multiple forms of abuse and poor energy policies.

“In this exciting new book, Ganz provides an original and innovative approach to understanding the complexities of energy security and offers compelling new insights into the security of petropolitics in Azerbaijan.” Roland Dannreuther, University of Westminster

Aurora Ganz is Associate Lecturer in Critical Security Studies at the University of St Andrews.

Introduction

An Analysis of Actually Existing Energy Securitizations

Energy Securitization in the Land of Fire

Everyday Practices of Energy Security in Azerbaijan

Beyond the National Borders: NATO and Energy Security in Azerbaijan

Energy Securitization and the Private Sector: The case of BP

Energy (In)securitization: Abusive Security Practices and Poor Energy Choices

Conclusion