Studies in Comparative International Development

, Volume 48, Issue 4, pp 432–456 | Cite as

European Reactions to the 2008 Georgian–Russian War: Assessing the Impact of Gas Dependence

  • Bryon MoraskiEmail author
  • Magda Giurcanu


Western observers and policymakers have voiced anxiety about Europe’s increasing dependence on Russian natural gas fueling Russian imperial ambitions. In 2008, speculation appeared to become reality, as war broke out between Russia and its post-Soviet, but Western-leaning neighbor, Georgia. But did a country’s dependence on Russian natural gas influence its politicians’ responses to the Georgian–Russian war? An analysis of the voting behavior in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe provides insight into conventional claims that a reliance on Russian energy dampens the willingness of European states to publicly criticize Russia.


Natural gas Energy politics Council of Europe PACE Russia 



The authors thank Levy Odera and Jon Whooley for their research assistance as well as Tom Remington and the anonymous reviewers for their comments and suggestions.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Political ScienceUniversity of FloridaGainesvilleUSA

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