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1st Edition

The Global Game of Oil Pipelines

ISBN 9781032063072
Published November 30, 2021 by Routledge India
304 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Oil has long been and will continue to be at the centre of the global economy. This book explores the oil trade, energy (geo)politics, and new trends in regionalising or globalising the oil industry in the new era of international relations and economic competition.

Energy pipelines carrying oil and gas from the well-head to the market, generally run through two or more states; and often from one continent to the other. This book maps the oil flowing through international and intercontinental pipelines and unravels the political, commercial and technological considerations behind the mapping of oil routes and forging of trade ties between nation-states. Through case studies from the major oil-exporting regions like Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Iran, the USA, Canada and Russia, it analyses the changing trends in their policies around oil trade, bilateral relations, energy, and security. It also considers the environmental protests around the continued dependency on oil, the teapot refineries under the Islamic State, investments, oil lobbies and insurrections to understand the broad picture of shifting regional and geopolitical realities and the scramble for vital resources.

This comprehensive book will be of interest to students of the geopolitics of energy, international relations, security and strategic studies, energy studies as well as the media and with policymakers.

Table of Contents

List of Figures. Introduction Part I: Oil and the Pipelines 1. The Underground Genie: Origin and the Coming End of Oil 2. Oil Pipes: Containers and Carriers Part II: The Gulf: Oil Epicentre 3. Saudi Arabia: Swings, Surges and Wars 4. Iraq: Wars, Kurds and the Islamic State Part III: Pipelines and Protests 5. The US: Protests over the Dakota Access Pipeline 6. Canada: Export, Import and Domestic Pipelines Part IV: Richly Endowed, Stringently Restrained 7. Russia: Friendship to Business like Any Other 8. Iran: Sanctioned and Stifled. Conclusions. Abbreviations. Bibliography.

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Gulshan Dietl retired as a Professor at the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, where she also served as the Director of the Gulf Studies Programme and the Chairperson of the Centre for West Asian and African Studies. Her recent publications include Contemporary Saudi Arabia and the Emerging Indo-Saudi Relations (2007), Democracy and Democratization in the Gulf (2010), and India and the Global Game of the Gas Pipelines (2017).


‘A green transition may be underway, but for decades to come oil will remain critical to energy security and geopolitics. From America to China, Dietl deftly unpacks the complexities of a modern era of pipeline politics.’  

Luke Patey, Danish Institute for International Studies, Denmark and Oxford Institute for Energy Studies, UK 

‘Dietl has done it again – analyzed global oil pipeline politics with disarming ruthlessness, delightful sarcasm, diligent attention to detail, all these peppered with droll and insightful quotes from the doyens of the oil industry.  Industry insiders will get new nuggets from this book while for the uninitiated, this book offers a crash course on the vice-like stranglehold of oil pipelines on the global economy.’

Sudha Mahalingam, independent energy consultant and former energy regulator, India