Political economy of pipelines

Today my guest is Richard Morningstar.

In today's world, gas pipelines are becoming more than just energy supply routes. Transit countries sometimes use them to pursue their own political goals.

Russia, as the main energy supplier for Europe, has managed to establish stable shipping routes. Moscow is constructing the Nord and South Stream pipelines to assure direct supplies. But Europe is creating its own project – the Nabucco pipeline with support from Washington. What has America got to do with the European gas network? We’re asking the US secretary of state's special envoy for Eurasian energy, Richard Morningstar.