1st Edition

The Geopolitics of Energy in South Asia Energy Security of Bangladesh

By Chowdhury Ishrak Ahmed Siddiky Copyright 2022
    188 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    188 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book examines the relation between energy and politics in South Asia and explores the geopolitics surrounding energy security in the region.

    Analyzing energy security and the scramble for resources in South Asia, the book highlights the important role of energy in light of the rapid economic growth of South Asian countries. The book analyzes the current energy security status of the countries in South Asia, their strengths and weaknesses, and the policies that need to be implemented in order to ensure their energy security. Focusing on Bangladesh as a case study, the author argues that the country is geographically important both in respect to its energy resources and as an energy hub. The author applies a novel analytical framework to measure the energy security of the region and examines the role of the US and China in this geopolitical scenario.

    A new assessment of energy security issues and the geopolitical aspect of energy security, this book will be of interest to researchers in the fields of energy studies and security, International Relations, South Asian Studies and Asian Politics.

    1. Introduction 2. The Concept of Energy Security 3. The Energy Scenario of South Asian Countries: An Analysis 4. The Geopolitics of Energy in South Asia 5. The Energy security of Bangladesh 6. The Issues facing the Energy Sector in Bangladesh 7. Conclusion


    Chowdhury Ishrak Ahmed Siddiky is Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Asia Pacific, Bangladesh, and the Deputy Director of the South Asian Institute of Advanced Legal and Human Rights Studies (SAILS), Bangladesh. He is also a practicing lawyer at the Supreme Court of Bangladesh and the editor of The Rule of Law in Developing Countries: The Case of Bangladesh, published by Routledge (2018).

    This is an important book that deserves a lot of attention. It does a great service to energy policy scholarship by combining a close look at the energy policies of individual nations while assessing these policies in terms of their regional impact. It is a very informative piece of writing for someone like me who is not an expert on South Asia energy. I believe it can be equally helpful to policy makers who will profit from his close examination of each countries’ energy policies. My hope is that the countries of South Asia will be able to look at all of this, develop the national and regional will to make important changes, and ultimately protect themselves from the worst of global warming and climate change. There is not much time left.

    - William F. Fox, OGEL January 2022.