By Sai Felicia Krishna-Hensel
The globalizing international is more and more confronting a brand new class of protection matters regarding source availability. The source setting includes either conventional different types, resembling strength, foodstuffs, and water, in addition to new technologically comparable assets, equivalent to infrequent earth minerals. The essays during this quantity emphasize either the distinctiveness and the importance of those new demanding situations, whereas at the same time acknowledging that cooperation and pageant based on those protection issues ensue in the context of either the old and modern foreign strength configurations. in addition, those demanding situations are of a world nature and should require worldwide views, international pondering, and cutting edge worldwide options. Krishna-Hensel brings jointly a variety of subject matters targeting serious source availability impacting upon international protection and the geopolitical ramifications of source pageant. the amount addresses the improvement of strategic considering on those matters and underscores the expanding knowledge that this can be a serious zone of shock within the twenty-first century worldwide panorama.
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While energy subsidies had ended with the end of communism, oil politics had soon reappeared in both international and domestic struggles for power and influence. Privatization of the energy sector in Russia, Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan had divested states of valuable resources. Intense jockeying for the national Energy Security and the Revival of Geopolitics 23 slices of one of the largest energy pies on the planet had changed economics and transformed the security calculus of these states. The chaotic sell-off of national resources had caused a global scramble for the control of oil and gas fields in Eurasia.
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Ronald Reagan had applied the doctrine at the height of the Iran-Iraq war to protect the US-flagged Kuwaiti tankers passing through the Strait of Hormuz. W. Bush sought to defend US oil interests in Saudi Arabia and authorized Operation Desert Storm, which repelled Iraq’s aggression against Kuwait. George W. Bush commanded a US invasion of Iraq in 2003 under the pretext of stopping Saddam Hussein’s efforts to develop weapons of mass destruction; the real reason for the war was the US desire to establish a geopolitical bridgehead in the region and secure control over strategic energy resources (Klare 2004; McQuaig 2004; Bromley 2005).
New Security Frontiers: Critical Energy and the Resource Challenge by Sai Felicia Krishna-Hensel