1st Edition

Energy Security and Global Politics The Militarization of Resource Management

Edited By Daniel Moran, James A. Russell Copyright 2009
    264 Pages
    by Routledge

    264 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book analyses the strategic dimensions of energy security, particularly where energy resources have become the object of military competition.

    The volume explores the risks that may arise from conditions of increasing economic competition and resource scarcity, and the problems that may follow if major producers or consumers of energy lose confidence in the equity and efficiency of the market, and resort instead to the use of force to secure access to energy. It surveys the strategic outlook of both producer and consumer states, with emphasis on nations or regions (Central Asia, Russia, China, Venezuela, the Persian Gulf) where unstable or rapidly evolving political conditions may undermine the currently prevailing market consensus. It also examines the role of the United States as the chief guarantor of the global economy, and the challenge this poses for its exercise of military power. The book contests that while the global energy market may be largely self-regulating, it is not self-defending. A failure to consider how it can be most effectively defended from emerging and potential challenges merely heightens the risk that those challenges may someday become real.


    1. Introduction: The Militarization of Energy Security Daniel Moran and James A. Russell 2. The Battlefield and the Market Place: Two Cautionary Tales Daniel Moran 3. Petroleum Anxiety and the Militarization of Energy Security Michael T. Klare 4. Al-Qaeda, Oil Dependence, and U.S. Foreign Policy Peter Haynes 5. Gulf Oil and International Security: Can the World’s Only Superpower Keep the Oil Flowing? Duane Chapman 6. Regional Issues and Strategic Responses: The Gulf States Saad Rahim 7. Energy Security: The Russian Connection Amy Myers Jaffe and Ronald Soligo 8. Central Asia: Energy Resources, Politics, and Security? Thomas H. Johnson 9. Maintaining Gazpromistan: The Politics of Turkmen Gas Exports Christopher Boucek 10. Energy Security: The Case of VenezuelaHarold A.Trinkunas 11. Chinese Energy Security and the Chinese RegimeJacqueline Newmyer 12. Resource Mercantilism and the Militarization of Resource Management: Rising Asia and the Future of American Primacy in the Persian GulfFlynt Leverett Index


    Daniel Moran is Professor of International and Military History at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, where he directs the doctoral program in Security Studies. James A. Russell is senior lecturer in the Department of National Security Affairs at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California.