Energy security and the transformation of regional securitization relations in the Eastern Mediterranean

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This article uses the theoretical framework of securitization in order to analyse the discovery of natural gas resources by a number of states in the Eastern Mediterranean region. We use the developments in bilateral relations among pairs of states in the region as empirical tests of the theories; we identify the under-exploration of energy securitization in the literature and the need for a cross-sectoral approach for the referent object of energy in the widened security agenda by analysing the effects of energy-related developments on existing securitization relations. By comparatively assessing dynamics in these bilateral relations prior to and following the discovery of significant quantities of natural gas reserves in the region, the paper analyses the introduction and effect of energy as an exogenous parameter on the securitization relations among the various states. The paper ultimately illustrates that energy as a referent object introduces a multiplier effect to the level of securitization in existing state relations both in the positive and negative directions.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSocieties in Transition
Subtitle of host publicationEconomic, Political and Security Transformations in Contemporary Europe
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9783319138145
ISBN (Print)9783319138138
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015


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