Iran and the European Energy Union: Prospects, Developments, and Challenges for a New Natural Gas Partner in the European Energy Market Public Deposited

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  • March 19, 2019
  • Emamian, Lily
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Political Science
  • This thesis explores European energy policy with respect to Iran in the context of the European Energy Union and the European Commission’s mission to diversify and secure the EU’s supply of natural gas. The potential for Iran, a gas-rich nation and former EU fuel supplier, to accelerate the EU’s coordination of its institutions, Member States, and private stakeholders offers a litmus test for the Commission’s progress on the European Energy Union. The Commission’s ability to drive energy policy management and coordination remains a challenge, as the near-term interests of Member States and private stakeholders often diverge from the European Commission’s strategic energy objectives. Furthermore, the difficulties with coordination of a European energy strategy across Member States and need for increased investments in infrastructure are predicted to result in Iranian natural gas remaining a small part of the EU’s energy mix in the short to medium-term.
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  • Searing, Donald
  • Vachudová, Milada Anna
  • Jenkins, Robert
  • Master of Arts
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Graduate School
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  • 2016

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