The Profits of Power: Commercial Realpolitik in Europe and Eurasia

I am a reformed Realist when it comes to international relations theory: I don’t buy the idea that states are the only significant actors, nor do I agree that all power comes from the mouth of a gun (apologies to The Great Helmsman.) That was one of the reasons I was intrigued by Harvard professor Rawi Abdelal’s working paper that looks at the role Gazprom is playing in European politics (especially since Harvard has been a hotbed of classical Realism.)

A compelling read, especially because Abdelal implies that there is a realignment of Europe in the offing as Russia reasserts itself.

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