Oil, War, and Geopolitics: The Global Struggle Over Disappearing Petroleum
As we move deeper into the 21st century, the global demand for energy in all its forms is rising at breakneck speed, but the global supply is failing to keep pace, producing intensified competition between the major consuming nations — especially the United States, China, Japan, and the European powers — for access to the available supply. On top of this, the center of gravity of world energy output is moving inexorably from the Global North to the Global South, producing increased anxiety and uncertainty over the reliability and safety of international energy shipments. Both of these trends are contributing to the increased militarization of energy policy. Unless more is done to reduce our reliance on hydrocarbons, we can expect a global epidemic of “resource wars” over oil and other sources of energy.
oil, war, geopolitics, petroleum, resource wars, energy supply, militarization of energy policy
Defense and Security Studies | Energy Policy | International Relations
Klare, Michael, "Oil, War, and Geopolitics: The Global Struggle Over Disappearing Petroleum" (2007). Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues: Public Lectures. 166.