The Bridge: Natural Gas in a Redivided Europe

January 2020. In this new book I argue that despite Europe’s geopolitical divisions, natural gas unites Europe’s nations in mutual self-interest–provided that peace prevails. The book also explores the future of natural gas in Europe in the era of LNG and climate change.

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Two Shock waves

Two waves of change have intersected in Europe over the past forty years. Russian business moved west, as Gazprom entered Western Europe, especially Germany. EU legislation moved east, as the EU Gas and Power Directives spread into Germany and Eastern Europe.

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Recent Book

Wheel of Fortune: The Battle for Oil and Power in Russia

Thane Gustafson, Professor of Government at Georgetown University, is a widely recognized authority on Eurasia who has spent 40 years studying and traveling in Russia, Ukraine, and the rest of the Former Soviet Union.

Book Reviews

“The history of Russia’s oil industry since the collapse of communism is the history of the country itself. There can be few better guides to this terrain than Thane Gustafson, a professor of government at Georgetown University who has been studying Russia and global oil for more than three decades. His Wheel of Fortune stands out amid a series of recent books on Russia, combining meticulous research with a storyteller’s gift.”

—Neil Buckley, Financial Times


“Few have studied the Russian oil and gas industry longer or with a broader political perspective than Gustafson. The result is this superb book, which is not merely a fascinating, subtle history of the industry since the Soviet Union’s collapse but also the single most revealing work on Russian politics and economics published in the last several years.”

—Robert Legvold, Foreign Affairs


“Thane Gustafson has produced what will surely be the definitive work on this subject… For the past twenty years Gustafson has shuttled back and forth to Russia, getting to know many of the key players. Having been present at the creation, he is uniquely placed to combine an insider’s knowledge of how the industry works with academic analytical skills and a sophisticated understanding of Russian culture and politics.”—Peter Rutland, The Times Literary Supplement

— Foreign Affairs


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Thane Gustafson

Thane Gustafson, Professor of Government at Georgetown University and Senior Director, IHSMarkit, is a widely recognized authority on Eurasia who has spent 40 years studying and traveling in Russia, Ukraine, and the rest of the Former Soviet Union.

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