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Latin America: A Blind Spot in US Energy Security Policy

Latin America: A Blind Spot in US Energy Security Policy

Failure of the United States to adequately engage its Latin American partners, on whom American consumers depend for a full one-fourth of their oil supply, is the Achilles heel not only of American foreign policy, but of its energy policy as well.  Contributor, Dr. Nancy Brune of Sandia National Lab, lays out what are some of the cascading effects of America's 'unfocused engagement' with our neighbors.  These effects include creeping Russian, Iranian and Chinese influence in countries of importance to US national security interests, not the least of which where energy is concerned.

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Energy Security Multipolarity: Iran's Role in India's Energy Calculus

Energy Security Multipolarity: Iran's Role in India's Energy Calculus

'The world's largest democracy', India, seeks to shore-up its national energy security along a tight-rope of deepening relations with Washington on the one hand and Chinese energy expansionism in its own backyard on the other.  Dr. Harsh V. Pant bores down into the complexities of energy, bi-lateral Iranian-Indian relations, and the role of China in complicating Indian energy security. 

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Beyond Oil: Global Energy Security & Sovereign Wealth Funds

While net energy consumers seek to diversify away from oil, authors Sven Brehendt and Joesph Helou maintain that Arab oil producers in the Persian Gulf are also seeking long-term diversification strategies that would lead them away from oil dependence.  But what are the long term implications of growing Gulf State wealth in the form of sovereign wealth funds (SWFs) on oil market security for Western consumers?  Will the advent of SWF's impact the oil supply policies of producing states?  Moreover, what impact does this wealth have on the foreign policy behavior of Arab Gulf States, and does the fact of this expanding wealth-power base have implications on the national and collective security of oil importing nations?

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Understanding Resource Nationalism in the 21st Century

Understanding Resource Nationalism in the 21st Century

A frequent topic in energy security circles is the relationship between international oil companies (IOCs) and national oil companies (NOCs) and what makes them tick.  However, in carrying through such an analysis, one needs to scratch beneath the surface and examine the regulatory, budgetary, commercial and national security environments in which both sets of companies must operate.  Contributors Llewelyn Hughes and Sean J.  Keyling offer a highly nuanced analysis of the policy environments that US oil and fuel companies operate within, using two case studies involving China's 2005 bid for Unocal and the evolution of ethanol as a transportation fuel in the US.  In doing so, they offer a fresh framework for analysis that inclusively addresses how the energy security debate stretches far beyond national security objectives and is impacted by a set of more local or regional policy issues. ...

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The Role of Natural Gas and Central Asia in Indian Energy Security

The Role of Natural Gas and Central Asia in Indian Energy Security
India's gas outlook is currently upbeat with new finds and potential shale gas prospects in the hopper.  However, JES Contributor Shebonti Ray Dadwal of India's Institute for Defence Studies and Analysis predicts that in the long term India will in all likelihood have to import gas, assuming that the gas market develops as envisaged and the price suits India. New Delhi has long sought a role in Central Asia’s energy sector for strategic considerations, but has met with little success so far. 
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